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Join us at Hawkins Point Visitor Center for our Wildlife Festival: Sat. Sept. 28

Massena - Thank you for joining us at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center for our annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2013!

The free event was filled with amazing animal encounters and guests got up close and personal with some wild critters. Exhibits and activities included exotic and endangered animal demos, live entertainment, a petting zoo, arts & crafts, wagon rides, chainsaw carving and a host of other activities.

See photos from the 2012 event...

This year’s 4-Miler Road Race long-sleeve T-shirt is red hot! Join us, Sat 9-14

Massena - On Saturday, September 14, NYPA’s 13th Annual Dam 4-Miler Walk & Run took place at Hawkins Point - and all proceeds went to the Wounded Warrior Project!

People of all ages and abilities came out to run, walk, skate, jog, you name it - and got in on the action to help us raise some money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which is celebrating 10 years of dedicated service in 2013.

We thank you all for coming out and showing your support. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Video - Groundbreaking at Alcoa East Aluminum Facility in MassenaMassena - NYPA and New York State government representatives, including Lt. Governor Duffy, attended a groundbreaking on July 1, at the Alcoa Massena East Plant. This is a first step toward modernizing the smelter.

Alcoa recently approved $52 million for the first phase of its modernization. $42 million is earmarked for site work and support projects, with the remaining $10 million to go to the newly created North Country Economic Development Fund, to be administered by NYPA, for low-interest loans to enterprises in the region in return for job commitments. More...

The Iroquois Dam near Waddington

Massena - The gates at the Iroquois Dam near Waddington will be lowered on Wednesday, May 15, until further notice due to increased water levels on Lake St. Lawrence.

This action is in response to an order by the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control, issued to NYPA and Ontario Power Generation, which jointly operate the international Robert Moses-Robert H. Saunders Power Dam.

The lowered gates at the Iroquois Dam will require recreational boats to use Iroquois Lock to pass through the dam. More…

Massena - NYPA linemen from the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project assisted LIPA and National Grid crews in Long Island from October 31 through November 11, 2012 with storm recovery work. This included assessments of high-voltage transmission lines as well as providing support for the restoration of service to communities and electrical infrastructure heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Fun Animal and Environmental Exhibits at Hawkins Point Visitors CenterMassena – What a great way to spend an early-autumn weekend! Local kids and their families enjoyed a free day of animal and environmental encounters at NYPA’s Hawkins Point Visitors Center on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Exhibits at the NYPA Wildlife Festival included exotic and endangered animal demos, a petting zoo, wagon rides and a host of other hands-on activities. Food vendors and arts & crafts rounded out the long list of the day’s activities for both children and adults. It was great seeing you there!

Upstate Niagara Cooperative

St. Lawrence – Thanks largely to low-cost hydropower allocation from NYPA and other government incentives, a St. Lawrence County yogurt plant, North Country Dairy, is again thriving and 80 Northern New Yorkers are looking forward to being rehired. In May, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, the new owner of the dairy, began using a portion of the 3-megawatt (MW) hydropower allocation that the NYPA Board of Trustees approved in 2011 for the North Lawrence facility.

Ribbon-cuttingNorth Lawrence - A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 19, 2012, that was well-attended by NYPA representatives, North Country elected officials and dairy workers. Upstate Niagara Cooperative is run by several hundred New York State dairy farmers and also operates dairies in Buffalo, West Seneca, Rochester,Syracuse and Watertown.

NYPA's President and CEO Gil Quiniones speaks at dairy opening“The reopening of North Country Dairy, with the support of low-cost hydropower and other state and local government incentives, is consistent with the efforts of Governor Cuomo to bring about public-private partnerships and leverage state resources for economic development,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Power Authority is pleased to be contributing with our hydropower, which is of particular value to energy-intensive operations such as dairy-production facilities, to lower operating costs.” (Click on photos for larger image.) More...

Paul Smiths
– The 2012 Annual North Adirondack Regional Envirothon at Paul Smith’s College took place 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.

St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund LogoMassena – 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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