Fund Introduced to Keep St.
Lawrence River Knowledge Flowing
September 20, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENA—A new fund for environmental research and
environmental educational projects related to the St. Lawrence River
was launched this week with the distribution of a descriptive
brochure. Known as the St. Lawrence River Research & Education Fund
(SLRREF), it will help fund projects related to environmental
research and education projects about the ecology of the St.
Lawrence River and its surroundings.
“The establishment of the St. Lawrence River
Research & Education Fund shows the continuing commitment of the
Power Authority and other stakeholders to work with the North
Country community to achieve greater understanding of this vital
river valley,” said Roger B. Kelley, president and chief executive
officer, New York Power Authority (NYPA). “One aspect of this fund
encourages proposals to develop programs to educate youngsters,
making it one of the most exciting projects resulting from the
relicensing of the Power Authority’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power
The SLRREF will be administered by the St. Lawrence
River Research & Education Fund Board which consists of a broad
variety of local, state, tribal and federal entities with an
interest in protecting and learning more about the St. Lawrence
River. This board will review proposals and disburse funds annually
for projects that meet SLRREF criteria. Twice-yearly deadlines have
been scheduled for proposal submissions: Jan. 1 and July 1.
To be considered eligible for funding, proposals
should have at least one of the following objectives:
• increase knowledge or awareness of the natural
• advance knowledge of one or more aspects of the
St. Lawrence River ecosystem;
• promote environmental education.
The fund is intended to support the efforts of
local or state education organizations, tribal education
organizations, colleges or universities, and not-for-profit groups.
The total amount of funding to be made available each year is
expected to range between $30,000 and $50,000. With the aim of
supporting multiple projects, it is estimated that individual awards
will be approximately $15,000 or $20,000 apiece. Applicants are
encouraged to seek matching funds from other sources for their
To be eligible for funding, a proposal shall
pertain to waters or the immediately adjoining terrestrial features
of the River or a tributary within the St. Lawrence River Valley.
The focus area for SLRREF activities is the stretch of river between
Ogdensburg, New York and Summerstown, Ontario, in the general
vicinity of NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR project.
The St. Lawrence River is an important North
Country resource, and funding proposals can explore both natural and
man-made influences on the St. Lawrence Valley watershed.
International waters are included in the focus area boundary; in
fact, Canadian research organizations can apply for SLRREF funding,
since ecological issues are a concern on both sides of the border.
In addition to NYPA, the SLRREF board is comprised
of representatives of the following entities: the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the St. Lawrence County
Planning Office, the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative
Education Services, New York Rivers United, the St. Lawrence
Adirondack Audubon Society and, on a rotating basis, a
representative from the towns of Massena, Louisville and
The brochure, application and additional details
are available online at
■ 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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