Utica – Things got a little ‘wild’ at NYPA’s family-friendly Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo on Saturday, September 15. The annual event had something for everyone, including live music, face painting, arts & crafts, tasty treats and demos by Mark Tyoe, Northeast chainsaw-carving champion. Attendees spent a fun-filled day with NYPA, meeting the many different animals from around the world that call the Utica Zoo home. See photos from the event!
North Blenheim – Visitors came early and spent the day at the 2012 Wildlife Festival at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center on Saturday, September 22. This free event featured wagon rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, reptile adventure, face painting, photo booth, balloon sculptures, magic & comedy shows, live music, Mark Tyoe’s chainsaw sculptures, the New York Wildlife Rescue Center, an Energy Expo and much more. It was great to see everyone there! See photos from the event!
North Blenhiem - NYPA will soon begin to repair shoreline erosion caused by Tropical Storm Irene last summer along the Schoharie Creek, just north of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project (B-G). The public fishing area, located off Power Plant Road near the B-G project’s North Gate, will be closed for safety reasons while workers rebuild the embankment. Heavy equipment will be used to dig out soil from the stream bed and then reinforce the embankments with rocks and gravel. The work is not expected to affect the water flow of Schoharie Creek, and access to shoreline fishing will continue to be available for anglers along the shores of the power plant’s upper and lower reservoirs. More…
Utica – As of August 6, the boat launch at the Hinckley Dam and Reservoir is closed because of the reservoir’s low water level, making conditions unsafe for boating. The nearby canoe and kayak launches are still open and safe to use. NYPA continues to monitor the water depth and will reopen the launch when conditions are safe again.
Built in 1985 along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, the Power Authority opened the launch as a recreational addition to the Gregory B. Jarvis Power Project. Concrete planks extend 200 feet into the water, allowing easy access for boaters, in addition to car and trailer parking and a turnaround area.
North Blenheim – Are those snakes and frogs and birds? Oh, my! Students from the Stamford Central School District celebrated Earth Day at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on June 1, 2012. These budding environmentalists enjoyed the day getting up close and personal with nature, taking part in the Riparian Buffer scavenger hunt, making bird feeders and meeting some new animal friends. This year’s event was a true crowd-pleaser, just take a look at those smiles!
Albany – NYPA’s commitment to the environment, sustainability and energy efficiency were at the forefront as we commemorated Earth Month at ‘green’ events throughout April. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and raise environmental awareness, this one-day observance has blossomed into a month-long celebration. And NYPA was on hand at ‘green’ festivals and special events that took place throughout the Capital Region. Pictured at left is Mario Roefaro, NYPA’s Community Relations Specialist for Central New York, speaking with visitors during an Earth Day event in Albany on April 26, 2012.
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