Application Deadline Nears For
St. Lawrence River Environmental Projects; New York Power Authority
Issues Reminder of January 1, 2009, Deadline
315-764-0226, Ext. 304
December 9, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENA— The New
York Power Authority (NYPA) today issued a reminder that the
deadline of Jan. 1, 2009, is approaching for submitting new
applications to the St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund (SLRREF).
Eligible projects would be for environmental research or educational
programs related to the ecology of the St. Lawrence River.
“The St. Lawrence River
Research and Education Fund has already supported a variety of
valuable projects along the St. Lawrence River. This next round of
funding will be available to continue to further expand educational
and research projects that increase the knowledge and awareness of
the St. Lawrence River ecosystem,” said Richard M. Kessel, president
and chief executive officer, NYPA.
NYPA established the
SLRREF during the relicensing of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D.
Roosevelt Power Project in 2003. Applications for funding will be
accepted from local or state education organizations, tribal
education organizations, colleges or universities, and
allocations, for between $15,000 and $20,000, are available.
Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from other sources
for their project proposals. Since its initial year, 2007, the
SLRREF board approved six proposals totaling approximately $80,000.
To be eligible for
financial support from the SLRREF, proposed projects must pertain to
the St. Lawrence River, the adjoining terrestrial features or a
tributary within the St. Lawrence River Valley. The application,
guidelines and additional details are available at
www.nypa.gov/facilities/stlaw.htm, where an annual report on
SLRREF activities is also accessible.
Past recipients of
funding from the SLRREF include the St. Lawrence County Youth
Bureau, Friends of the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center, the
St. Lawrence County Water Quality Coordination Committee, the Great
Rivers Center at Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University.
The SLRREF board will
evaluate proposals with the selections expected to be announced this
March. Members of the board include representatives of NYPA, the
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the St.
Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York Rivers United, the St. Lawrence-Lewis
Board of Cooperative Education Services, the St. Lawrence County
Planning Office, the St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon Society, the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a representative rotating from
among the local municipalities who serve a three-year term.
Questions about the
grant application process should be directed to Maria L. Garcia
Toirac, senior licensing specialist, NYPA, at
Maria.Toirac@nypa.gov, 914-287-3445 or Jill Chamberlain,
community relations specialist, NYPA, at
Jill.Chamberlain@nypa.gov or 315-764-0226 x 300.
■ 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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