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General Purposes

New York Rivers United

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2005
  • Location Rome, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus New York

About this grant

New York Rivers United was established in 1992 to conserve and protect New York’s rivers and streams. The organization focuses its efforts on hydropower dam relicensing, the removal of obsolete small dams, public policy and capacity building.Multiyear funding will support activities that include participating in all active hydropower relicensing processes in New York; conducting inventories and prioritizing obsolete dams for possible removal; and strengthening organizational capacity through fundraising training, strategic planning and board assessment.Recent achievements included participating in key relicensing efforts such as New York Power Authority’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project and Niagara Power Project; conducting a thorough inventory of the state’s existing dams; developing criteria to establish priorities for removal; participating in discussions concerning Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rulemaking initiated to streamline the relicensing process; and organizing a direct mail membership solicitation to build membership.