Highlights of our activities in the region:
Massena – 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!
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.
North 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.
“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.
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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