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Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants 96-97

Between the years 1996 to 1997, four projects totaling $194,610 were selected to receive grants under the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

  • The New York State Department of Health received a grant for $43,379 entitled Neuroendrocrine Effects of Fish-Borne Contaminants. This project evaluated the neurochemical and estrogenic potential of contaminants in Lake Ontario salmon on developing rats in order to assess the connection between Lake Ontario fish consumption by pregnant women and suggested behavioral effects in their children.
  • SUNY Brockport received a grant for $81,496 entitled Seasonal Fate, transport and Loading of Corn-applied Atrazine from Agriculture Watersheds, Sodus Bay, NY. This project determined baseline, event concentrations and loading of Atrazine to Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario, as well as measuring seasonal dissolved and particulate fractions, concentrations in surficial mixed layer sediments, atmospheric deposition. In addition, the project confirmed and located non-point sources in watershed, and determined contributions of bank storage and sediment absorption. Project details are available in the report Maximun Loss of Atrazine From a Waterhsed Occurs During Baseline Flow (PDF 134 kb).
  • SUNY Buffalo received a grant for $48,735 entitled The Relative Importance of Benthic Versus Pelagic Primary Production in Eastern Lake Erie: Implications for Hypolimnetic Oxygen Depletion. This project assessed the impact of zebra/quagga mussels on Lake Erie habitat and food web by measuring biomass and production of surface deep and benthic phytoplankton and algae in the eastern basin. Project details are available in the project's Final Report (PDF 923 kb).
  • The Keuka Lake Foundation received a grant for $21,000 entitled Keuka Lake Watershed- Looking Ahead (Phase 2). Following a previous grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the second phase of the project under this grant implemented results of Phase 1 approach to analyze sources of pollution, assess effectiveness of phase 2 and remediation programs, and prioritize Phase 2 strategies for implementation on sub-watershed basis.