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Great Lakes Protection Fund Large Grants 00-03

Between the years 2000 and 2003, seven projects totaling $816,680 were selected to receive grants under the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

Assessment of Potential Aquatic Habitat Restoration Sites in the Buffalo River Area of Concern

Grant Recipient: Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers (a.k.a. Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper)
Grant Amount: $168,541

The Friends collected water quality and biological data to update existing information about conditions in the Buffalo River. They developed detailed information about ten sites along the river for use in prioritizing habitat restoration projects that could address issues such as contaminated sediments.

Final Report:

Cover Pages (97 KB PDF)
Executive Summary (137 KB PDF)
Chapter 1 (526 KB PDF)
Chapter 2 (656 KB PDF)
Chapter 3 (601 KB PDF)
Chapter 4, Part 1 (1,078 KB PDF)
Chapter 4, Part 2 (563 KB PDF)
Chapter 5, Part 1 (540 KB PDF)
Chapter 5, Part 2 (850 KB PDF)
Chapter 6 (413 KB PDF)
Chapter 7 (264 KB PDF)
Chapter 8 (42 KB PDF)

Salmon River Greenway Corridor Biodiversity Inventory

Grant Recipient: Oswego County Environmental Management Council
Grant Amount: $62,016

The Council inventoried and assessed the health of ecological communities in wetlands within the Salmon River Greenway Corridor. The results were presented to the public and incorporated into the Salmon River Greenway Corridor Quality Communities Enhancement Plan. The findings were also incorporated into the Oswego County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database for future land use planning and the New York State's Natural Heritage Program database for enhancing conservation of New York's rare species and significant ecosystems.

Final Report:

Table of Contents (1,060 KB PDF)
Methods (1,029 KB PDF)
Results and Discussion (1,064 KB PDF)
Results and Discussion (continued) (1,038 KB PDF)
Appendix (594 KB PDF)

Lake Ontario in an Era of Ecosystem Change: Future Changes, Fisheries Management Challenges and Outreach Needs

Grant Recipient: The Brockport extension of the New York Sea Grant
Grant Amount: $28,867

Sea Grant organized a workshop for 20 top scientific experts to make science-based predictions about future ecosystem changes in Lake Ontario. Information from the workshop will be useful in making fisheries management decisions. Additionally, the results of the workshop will be incorporated into the Lake Ontario curriculum of the Great Lakes Fisheries Leadership Institute, a project funded by the National Sea Grant Office to Educate the next generation of sport fishing leaders in the public sector.

The Final Report for this project is extremely large making it difficult to view online. Please use the contact information in the right column of this page if you would like to obtain a copy.

Assessing the Effects of Habitat Protection Efforts on the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland Area Management Strategies

Grant Recipient: The Oswego extension of the New York Sea Grant
Grant Amount: $22,320

The Eastern Lake Ontario shore features a 17-mile long barrier beach of Great Lakes dunes. Since 1995, dune stewards have been hired to assist with dune management on eight miles of public beach and to interact with visitors to encourage recreational use that does not damage the dunes or wildlife. Investigators evaluated the effectiveness of the Dune Steward Program, identified trends in visitor use patterns, and explored modifications to the Dune Steward program and management strategies to alleviate user impacts on the ecosystem.

Final Report:

Eastern Lake Ontario Beach User Survey - 2003/2004 (202 KB PDF)

Impact of Anoxia and Alum on the Phosphorus Cycling from internal loads in Irondequoit Bay, Rochester Embayment Area of Concern

Grant Recipient: SUNY Brockport
Grant Amount: $134,952

Researchers investigated geochemical processes that influence water quality in Irondequoit Bay. The results supported the selection of additional steps to restore water quality in the Bay and the development of models to predict the impact of changes in management strategies on water quality.

Final Report:

Impact of Anoxia and Alum on the Phosphorus Cycling from internal loads in Irondequoit Bay (1,064 KB PDF)

RAP progress in the Rochester Embayment of Lake Ontario: Population Monitoring and Levels of Bioaccumulative Chemicals of Concern in Mink, a Sentinel Species

Grant Recipient: SUNY Brockport and SUNY Oswego
Grant Amount: $199,984

SUNY researchers studied whether water quality conditions are adversely affecting the mink population in the Rochester Embayment of Lake Ontario, an Area of Concern identified by the International Joint Commission. Researchers then created a monitoring plan that will allow government agencies to monitor the conditions found to be impacting the mink population.

Final Report:

RAP progress in the Rochester Embayment of Lake Ontario, Part 1 (990 KB PDF)
RAP progress in the Rochester Embayment of Lake Ontario, Part 2 (900 KB PDF)

Supplementary Report:

Histological Assessment of Mink Jaws (57 KB PDF)

Lake Ontario's Dynamic Coast: Analyzing Ecosystem History for Sustaining Environmental Health

Grant Recipient: Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and Syracuse University
Grant Amount: $200,000

The researchers investigated the ecological history of a series of embayments and lagoons on the southern and eastern coasts of Lake Ontario. Researchers examined core samples from embayment sediments and wetland peat deposits to reconstruct biological, chemical, and physical changes that occurred over time and used that information to explain current conditions in the ecosystems. Researchers developed educational materials about the ecosystems for public and government agencies. The ecosystem history study has direct value for international efforts to assess the environmental impacts of regulating Lake Ontario water levels.

Final Report:

Lake Ontario's Dynamic Coast: Analyzing Ecosystem History for Sustaining Environmental Health (438 KB PDF)

Related PowerPoint Presentations:

Embayments Background Maps (464 KB PDF)
Montesdeoca Driscoll embayment metals by depth (936 KB PDF)
Montesdeoca Driscoll embayment metals flux (910 KB PDF)
Wolin Hairston et al Diatoms (129 KB PDF)
Peteet S. Sandy & Juniper (775 KB PDF)
Distler Leopold Paleo presentation 42407 (577 KB PDF)
Wagenet Lake Ontario Embayments (17 KB PDF)