ITHACA, NY – New York Sea Grant has posted a series of Great Lakes project profiles addressing activities, challenges, and opportunities related to environmental protection, building coastal community resiliency, and enhancing coastal literacy by teacher, student and public audiences.
Full profiles for the following projects are online at www.nyseagrant.org/successstories:
. Applying science to crude oil transport in the Great Lakes
. Rochester-Monroe County Green Infrastructure Collaborative Retrofit Guide
. Standardizing statewide waterfront inspection to address invasive species
. Baseline Lake Ontario climatology resources for Sodus Bay and the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetlands Area shorelines
. Informed shoreline management project planning in Wayne County
. NY Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange for schools and nature educators
. Great Lakes Basin Bins for teachers in NY Great Lakes coastal counties
. 20 syndicated radio Great Lakes information bursts and podcasts
. NY Great Lakes Information Clearinghouse for the public.
New York Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Cornell University an the State University of New York, maintains Great Lakes offices in Oswego , Newark, and Buffalo.
New York Sea Grant has advanced coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the state’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971. For updates on activities and resources, www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links.
Applying Science to Understanding Crude Oil Transport
New York Sea Grant is helping concerned stakeholders better understand the opportunities, risks, and hazards based on the best science and technology associated with the transport of crude oil in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain and Hudson River watersheds. The next workshop is set for June 2017.
City-County Green Infrastructure Collaborative
In 2016, New York Sea Grant helped establish a City of Rochester-Monroe County Green Infrastructure Collaborative that will publish a localized green infrastructure retrofit design and maintenance standards guidance document in 2017. The document will help local leaders address stormwater, flooding, and water quality issues.
Standardizing Watercraft Inspection, Reducing AIS Impact
New York Sea Grant is the leader in assisting established and increasing numbers of new watercraft inspection steward programs statewide with standardizing practices to increase public engagement in efforts to slow or stop the introduction and transport of ecologically-harmful aquatic invasive species via recreational boating equipment. New resources coming in 2017.
Enhancing Lake Ontario Climatology to Build Resiliency
In 2016, New York Sea Grant worked with key partners to assess long-term risks associated with historic storm impact events to build a first-ever climatology baseline for two critical geographic areas along Lake Ontario: Sodus Bay and the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetlands Area. This resource is the Lake Ontario equivalent to tracking Super Storm Sandy-type storms downstate.
Informed Shoreline Management Planning
A New York Sea Grant-led tour provided local leaders in Wayne County the opportunity to see the types of shoreline management projects, from vegetative to structural approaches, permissible in New York State with valuable science-based details on design, permitting, costs and implementation to inform decision-making by citizen groups and a 25-county coalition.
Enhancing Coastal Literacy with Teachers, Students, and the Public
In 2016, New York Sea Grant participated in developing public educational resources:
. experiential environmental education program known as New York’s Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange with K-12 resources for school and nature center programs
. Great Lakes Basin Bins with classroom-ready curriculum and resources
. NY Great Lakes Information Clearinghouse web portal to research projects, grants, NY Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities, and info on coastal processes, ecosystems, fisheries, energy, education, communities, coastal recreation and tourism, and water quality
. twenty syndicated radio ‘information bursts’ and podcasts about water stewardship in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds, addressing such topics as invasive species, stormwater management, shoreline protection, riparian restoration, flooding and erosion prevention, wetlands, and green infrastructure in New York’s Great Lakes basin.