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Media Advisory & Photo Opportunity: Northern Adirondack Regional Envirothon Set for May 16

May 9, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Northern Adirondack Regional Envirothon, a competitive event for high school students, will be held on Tuesday May 16 at Paul Smith's College in Paul Smiths, N.Y.  The Envirothon is sponsored by the New York Power Authority; the St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and Paul Smith's College.  The competition tests the students’ knowledge in five categories: soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current natural resource issues.  Test questions will be multiple choice as well as hands-on.  This year’s current issue topic is “Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate.”

Students from St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties will compete for the honor of representing the area at the state competition on May 24 and May 25 at the State University of New York College at Oswego.  The winning team from New York State will compete in the 19th Annual Canon Envirothon Championship, July 23-29 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

The purpose of the Envirothon is to:

1.      Cultivate a desire to learn about our natural resources through competitive events.

2.      Develop a greater awareness of our dependence on our natural resources.

3.      Provide students with experience in environmental activities, enabling them to become environmentally aware and action-oriented adults.  

            EVENT:                       Northern Adirondack Regional Envirothon                                            

            DATE:                         Tuesday, May 16, 2006

            TIME:                          10 a.m.

            CONTACT:                 Jill Chamberlain, Community Relations Associate, New York Power Authority,
                                             (315) 764-0226, ext. 300, or (800) 262-NYPA, if calling from New York State.

About NYPA:

■    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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