Important Upcoming Meetings - July, 2010


 An Open Letter to Local Citizens: 

The newly formed St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency (RVRDA) will soon be receiving $16 million from the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and public input is needed to help shape the Agency’s strategic plan for how this money will be spent. The money is left over from the unsuccessful effort to develop a St. Lawrence Aquarium & Ecological Center, and is earmarked for economic and community development including environmental enhancement and conservation.  Money will be potentially available to small businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations.

We are contacting you because you have shown concern for our area environment, either by signing a petition opposing burn barrels, or by adding your name to a list of those supporting a clean St. Lawrence River.  Just over a year ago, the St. Lawrence Valley Environmental Coalition (SLVEC) was formed out of concern that the public was being excluded from the process of reallocating the monies that were part of a re-licensing agreement with the NYPA.  It alarmed us that resources were being diverted from environmental and educational projects to the control of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

We urge you to attend the upcoming meetings to support our River and our future.  All are open to the public and offer the opportunity for comments and questions.

Thursday, July 8th – 7 - 9pm: NYPA Visitors' Center, Hawkins Point, Robert Moses State Park, Massena - St. Lawrence River Remedial Advisory Committee.  Public Meeting and Update on Water Quality and Present Condition of the St. Lawrence River after 20 years of Clean up Projects.

Tuesday, July 13th – 7 pm: Waddington. Third meeting of RVRDA. Speakers include: Seaway Private Equity Corporation, with Clarkson President Tony Collins, NYPA and the SLVEC.  

Thursday, July 22nd - 2 – 4 pm & 7 – 9 pm:  NYPA Visitors' Center- Hawkins Point- Robert Moses State Park- Massena- NYPA Public Meeting on Reallocation of  Hydropower Reallocation. Anyone wishing to speak should call the NYPA office (914-390-8085) or go to their website for proposal requirements.

Tuesday, July 27th – 7 pm:  Waddington. RVRDA. Speakers include the St. Lawrence County Environmental Management Council and SLVEC.

The SLVEC is committed to protection and wise management of the natural resources of the St. Lawrence Valley. Please share your ideas on how this money could best be used to create a sustainable local economy with an improved climate for business and job development, while enhancing and protecting local natural resources.  Send your ideas or feedback to our address shown above, or visit our website: to contact us and/or join our membership. 


Members of the St. Lawrence Environmental Coalition

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