New York Sea Grant Posts Impact Statements for Great Lakes Projects

ITHACA, NY – New York Sea Grant has issued impact statements for projects focused on the development of coastal community resiliency and healthy coastal ecosystems and economies in the Great Lakes region.

Proactive outreach by New York Sea Grant identified current nature-based shorelines projects, resource and information gaps, and opportunities for coordinated NBS collaborative planning, design and management activities by agencies and stakeholders in New York.
Proactive outreach by New York Sea Grant identified current nature-based shorelines projects, resource and information gaps, and opportunities for coordinated NBS collaborative planning, design and management activities by agencies and stakeholders in New York.

Project profiles for work in the Great Lakes district of New York State are online with partners, photos and funding sources noted at http://www.nyseagrant.org/successstories.

The profiles include:
. Advancing Great Lakes Education: From Algae to Zooplankton, originating in Buffalo, NY: New York Sea Grant coastal education programming is preparing teachers to accurately educate and engage students as Great Lakes- literate citizens;

. Advancing Watercraft Stewardship: To enhance standardization of watercraft inspection programs statewide, New York Sea Grant published the New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook in 2014 and used it in workshops for new and existing program leaders in 2015. Partners includes representatives of the Adirondacks, Buffalo-Niagara, Catskills, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Western NY regions and inland lakes and waters statewide;

. Exploring Nature-Based Shorelines Erosion Management Practices Along the Great Lakes in NY: Proactive outreach by New York Sea Grant identified current nature-based shorelines (NBS) projects, resource and information gaps, and opportunities for coordinated NBS collaborative planning, design and management activities by agencies and stakeholders in New York;

. The Future of Lake Ontario: Engaging Stakeholders in Coastal Resiliency Planning: New York Sea Grant applied a future visioning technique to help coastal communities and stakeholders prepare for the effects of extreme changes in population and precipitation levels to the Great Lakes ecosystem and economies along Lake Ontario;

. Eastern Lake Ontario: Living with the Ever-Changing Dunes: New York Sea Grant educational outreach is building individual, municipal and community resilience for coping with extreme weather events along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario;

. NYSG Launches Maritime History Exhibit Multi-State Tour: In 2015, New York Sea Grant launched the Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes Traveling Exhibit on maritime history resources and waterfront destinations across New York State. More than 18,000 visitors recently viewed a special Pennsylvania Sea Grant edition of the exhibit; the Great Shipwrecks will be at the State University of New York in Albany from May 4 to May 27, 2016.

. Suddenly In Command Safety Education: In 2015, the award-winning New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign added a Suddenly In Command introduction, taught in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, on how to assess a recreational boating emergency, stabilize a vessel, summon assistance, and potentially pilot the boat to shore;

. Watercraft Inspection Program Webinar Series: New York Sea Grant watercraft inspection training and standardization education is now available online with a new six-part webinar series at www.nyseagrant.org/watercraft inspection. Nearly half of the participants in the original series in 2015 were interested in developing new watercraft inspection programs.

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