Brookfield Renewable is investing $10,000 in The Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties to help prevent lead poisoning locally, the Community Foundation announced today.
The $10,000 investment will support the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley initiative, which was created to address childhood lead poisoning locally. According to The Community Foundation, Oneida County has consistently had one of the highest rates of children with elevated blood lead levels throughout New York State, and numbers in Herkimer County are approximately double the state average.
“Lead poisoning can have crippling effects on children, with symptoms such as learning difficulties, developmental delays, irritability and fatigue,” said Thomas Uncher, vice president of Atlantic Operations for Brookfield Renewable. “The Community Foundation has taken the lead on addressing this profound problem in Oneida and Herkimer counties, and Brookfield Renewable is proud to contribute to assist in their efforts to eradicate lead poisoning once and for all in the region.”