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New York Power Authority Sponsors 17th Annual Niagara-Orleans Regional Envirothon

Lori Presti, NYPA
Darcy Rae Tone, Niagara Co. Soil & Water District

May 1, 2006

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LEWISTON—More than 60 high school students are expected to participate in the 17th annual Niagara-Orleans Regional Envirothon on Thursday, May 4, at the Nature Center in Bond Lake Park on Lower Mountain Road, Lewiston.  As in previous years, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is sponsoring the competition, which tests students’ knowledge in five areas: soil, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and current environment issues.

In addition to sponsoring the Envirothon, NYPA is coordinating the event, along with the Niagara-Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation Districts. 

“We are grateful for the long-lasting partnership with NYPA for their continued support of this exceptional educational opportunity that is provided to the students of both Niagara and Orleans counties,” said Darcy Rae Tone, education program administrator, Niagara County Soil & Water Conservation District.  Thursday’s Envirothon, featuring 12 high school teams, kicks off at 9:30 am.  An awards ceremony is scheduled for noon.

Similar regional events are being held throughout New York State, with top teams competing in the Envirothon finals May 24 and 25 at SUNY Oswego.  Educators from around the state have praised the Envirothon for raising the awareness of young people on environmental issues.

The Power Authority ranks among the cleanest electric utilities in the country, with an energy mix that relies heavily on hydropower for producing electricity.  Among its hydropower projects is the 2,400,000-kilowatt Niagara Project in Lewiston, the largest source of electricity in the state. 

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■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. 

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