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September 20, 2018

Lightning Round of Information Stations Planned for June 18 Workshop


PULASKI, NY – The agenda of the June 18, 6-9 p.m., Living with the Ever-Changing Lake Ontario Dunes Public Information Workshop includes a lightning round of information stations at the Selkirk Shores State Park Pavilion at 7101 Route 3, Pulaski.

A beachgrass planting near a walkway that has been nearly completely covered by sand and wind action along Lake Ontario. Photo: New York Sea Grant

A beachgrass planting near a walkway that has been nearly completely covered by sand and wind action along Lake Ontario. Photo: New York Sea Grant

Visitors to the free event will have two minutes at various stations to learn about resources for Eastern Lake Ontario coastal property owners and community planners, healthy septic maintenance, Climate Smart Communities, watercraft inspection, invasive species, and more.

The workshop agenda also includes speakers on Preparing for Extreme Weather Events; weather-related research and project updates; Past, Present and Future Weather Trends for Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area, and the North Sandy Pond Channel Inlet Study.

Presenters and participants include:
. Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Coalition
. National Weather Service
. New York Sea Grant
. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
. New York State Department of State
. New York State Parks
. Oswego County Emergency Management
. Oswego County Department of Health
. Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, and
. St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

The 17-mile Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area is an important ecosystem stretching along Lake Ontario in Oswego and Jefferson counties.

The area contains the largest and most extensive freshwater dunes formations in New York state and offers critical rest stop areas for migratory birds and habitat for diverse species of plants, animals and animals.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory on a drumlin overlooking Lake Ontario in the town of Mexico is part of the system.

Beachgrass plantings and dune fencing are used to stabilize and prtect the fragile dunes from natural forces and manmade traffic. The Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area itself helps protect shoreline property, including cottages, homes, campgrounds, marinas and other businesses from lake storm energy.

Reservations are not needed to attend the June 18 event. For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

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