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Friday, May 22: Share Your Storm Story to Help Eastern Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond

Residents, cottage and business owners, and visitors to the eastern Lake Ontario shore and North Sandy Pond areas are invited to meet with staff from New York Sea Grant and the Oswego County Soil and Conservation District to share their stories and photos of storms and storm damage at the Sandy Creek Town Hall, 1992 Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek, on May 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Area residents are invited to share their stories of how lake storms have impacted their properties along Eastern Lake Ontario.
Area residents are invited to share their stories of how lake storms have impacted their properties along Eastern Lake Ontario.

Appointments are not needed.

Those interested in sharing stories are asked to bring the dates; if possible, times; and locations for each storm they wish to report. Conversation will explore the types of damage and what factors, such as wind, ice, rain, snow, etc. might have influenced the severity of damage.

The lakeshore project will help create the first-ever baseline climatology resource for impact-producing Lake Ontario storms.

For the North Sandy Pond project, the public is invited to share their experiences and historical knowledge about the pond, its barrier beach, and inlet.

That project will inform channel management planning for the future and supports the lake storm information collection.

‘These two projects are focused on developing risk assessment and resiliency resources for the Great Lakes communities of New York. Existing science-based historical records and modern-day forecasting expertise from the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell are being enhanced with public data,’ says Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Associate Director of New York Sea Grant and Assistant Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca.

If participants wish to bring storm damage photos, the photos will be scanned on-site to add to the project and historical records.

Information exhibits at the Sandy Creek Town Hall for the listening sessions include maps, aerial photos and other information on the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetlands Area and North Pond. The building is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, contact Mary Austerman, New York Sea Grant, at 315-312-3042, or John DeHollander, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, 315-592-9663.