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Power Authority to Sponsor Niagara-Orleans Envirothon

Lori Presti, NYPA
Darcy Rae Tone, Niagara County Soil and Water District

May 1, 2007


LEWISTON—More than 50 high school students are expected to participate in the 18th annual Niagara-Orleans Regional Envirothon on Thursday (May 3) at 9:30 a.m. in the Power Vista, the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project.  There will be an awards ceremony at noon.

As in previous years, the Power Authority is sponsoring the competition, which tests students’ knowledge in five areas: soil, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues. Educators around the state have praised the Envirothon for raising young people’s awareness of environmental issues.

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

“The Power Authority is extremely pleased to once again be sponsoring this important event,” said Horace Horton, NYPA’s regional manager for Western New York. “It is crucial that we foster environmental awareness among today’s students, who will be tomorrow’s decision makers.”

“We appreciate the continuing association with NYPA and their support of this unique educational experience,” said Darcy Rae Tone, education program administrator, Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District. “We are delighted to hold this event in the Power Vista’s newly renovated community room.”

Five area high schools will participate in the event: Niagara Career and Technology Center, Niagara Falls Alternative High School, Royalton-Hartland High School, Kendall High School, and Lyndonville High School.

Similar regional events are being held throughout New York State, with top teams competing in the Envirothon finals May 23 and 24 at the State University of New York College at Cobleskill. The winning team from New York State will compete in the 20th annual Canon Envirothon Championship, July 29 through Aug. 4 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

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, the largest source of electricity in the state. The Authority is also a leader in advancing energy efficiency, clean new energy technologies and electric and hybrid-electric transportation.

  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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