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Application Deadline Nears For St. Lawrence River Environmental Projects; New York Power Authority Issues Reminder of January 1, 2009, Deadline

Contact:
Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304
karen.white@nypa.gov

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 not-for-profit groups.

SLRREF funding 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.

  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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