Highlights of our activities in the region:
Massena – NYPA’s Summer Spectacular took place at the Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors enjoyed live musical entertainment, craft-making, energy efficiency sessions and tips, bounce houses, a tasty Ice Cream Social along the banks of the St. Lawrence River and exhibits including the North Country Children’s Museum's Robot Zone.
Paul Smiths – The 2012 Annual North Adirondack Regional Envirothon at Paul Smith’s College took place on on May 9. With five students per team, regional high school students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties competed against each other for the titles of Top Team in each category, Top Team for each County and overall Top Regional Team. The Envirothon consists of five stations: Wildlife, Aquatics, Soils, Forestry and Current Issues.
Massena – Clarkson and St. Lawrence universities will share funds totaling close to $60,000 for projects that will advance understanding of the St. Lawrence River’s far-ranging ecosystem. They were awarded by the St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund (SLRREF), which NYPA established as part of the 2003 relicensing of the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. St. Lawrence students will study water chemistry in tributaries between Ogdensburg and Akwesasne to help evaluate the impact of land use, acidification and other factors on river health.
A second grant will help analyze water quality of lakes feeding into the St. Lawrence. The Clarkson grant will enable student researchers to study how changing water levels affect the St. Lawrence River’s plankton population, critical to the support of fish stock. In four years, SLRREF has approved 16 projects for nearly $220,000 in NYPA funding, and matching grants have boosted that to about $380,000. You may review all the projects and grants here.
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