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Great Lakes Projects

About the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a federally-funded, multi-year, multi-agency program to restore the Great Lakes. The GLRI began in 2010 with funding to implement work that protects, cleans up, and restores the Great Lakes ecosystem in accordance with the 2010-2014 Great Lakes Action Plan (PDF, 1.3 MB). GLRI activities focus on five core areas:

Below is a list of GLRI-funded projects affecting New York's portion of the Great Lakes watershed. The tables are arranged by the focus area they address. The projects are sourced by seven U.S. federal agencies: Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Defense; Department of Agriculture; Fish & Wildlife Service; Department of the Interior; Department of Transportation; and the Commerce Department. Federal funds granted for New York projects over the first two fiscal years of the GLRI (2010 & 2011), totaled $50,139,713.00. Totals per Focus Area are shown in parentheses above each table.

Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern ($18,401,712)
Title Amount Recipient Funding Agency Description Year Funded Status/Updated
Anticipating Future Chemical Threats to the Great Lakes $64,912 SRC Inc. Environmental Protection Agency This project will identify persistent and bioaccumulative contaminants that chemical monitoring and surveillance programs should analyze when testing fish, air and sediments in the Great Lakes. The project will focus on possible impurities, by-products, and degradation products/metabolites of commercial chemicals. 2010 50% Completed/
10-13-11
Be Green in the Great Lakes $315,223 DEC Environmental Protection Agency The Be Green in the Great Lakes project focused on outreach and education for the general public and land care businesses regarding alternatives to conventional synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Four training sessions were held in August 2013 in the Great Lakes watershed. Educational brochures and web content were produced. See the Be Green in the Great Lakes Project and Pest Management Tips webpages for more information. 2010

Complete/
12-31-2013

Buffalo River RAP Mgt. Project $17,964 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Environmental Protection Agency This agreement provides funds to support the remedial action plan to address stream water quality monitoring, river bottom sediments, inactive hazardous waste sites, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities, combined sewer overflows, and fish and wildlife habitat issues in the Buffalo River Area of Concern. In particular, these funds will be used to collect data on the degradation and loss of fish and wildlife habitat, the degradation of microscopic plant and animal populations, and the presence of excess levels of nutrients and algae. These data will be used to help restore the river and remove it from the US/Canadian Great Lakes list of greatest environmental Areas of Concern. 2010 25% Completed/
1-05-12

Buffalo River Remedial Action Plan $600,000 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Environmental Protection Agency This project will coordinate environmental monitoring, and environmental restoration actions designed to restore the Buffalo River ecosystem in and around the city of Buffalo. Specific activities will include public education and outreach, the development of monitoring protocols needed to measure progress to delisting, promotion of the use of green infrastructure, support of remedial efforts that will address toxic contaminants and habitat issues, and reporting progress. This grant will also promote the development of shoreline buffer zones wherever possible. These activities will contribute to the restoration of the Buffalo River and the Great Lakes ecosystem. 2010 50% Completed/
1-05-12
Eighteenmile Creek Remedial Action Plan Coordination 2012-2016 $497,085 Niagara County Soil & Water Conservation District Environmental Protection Agency The grant will support the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District's (NCSWCD) work as lead agency for Remedial Action Plan (RAP) coordination and management in the Eighteen Mile Creek Area of Concern (AOC) during the next five years. The NCSWCD will continue current efforts to manage AOC planning, assessment, and restoration activities necessary to delist this AOC. The NCSWCD will coordinate with EPA and the State of New York on the Legacy Act site characterization project for this AOC, conduct studies that address contaminant impacts on the creek, continue a number of environmental studies needed to remove Beneficial Use Impairments at the AOC, continue community outreach, and coordinate these projects among the various RAP partners. 2011 Started/1-04-12
Enhanced Fish Consumption Advisory in Buffalo Niagara Region $224,997 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Environmental Protection Agency This project will allow the Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to improve fish consumption advisories and outreach in the Buffalo River Area of Concern and Niagara River watershed. Current advisories will be revised to improve understanding of exposure information in high-risk communities. Local community and refugee outreach groups will collaborate to translate and distribute non-traditional outreach materials. This project will also improve understanding of fish consumption patterns. 2010 Started/10-15-11
Enhancing St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Fish Advisory Communication $581,851 Health Research Inc. Environmental Protection Agency Health Research Inc. will collaborate with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) to update SRMT`s fish advisories and to communicate benefits and risks of consuming fish caught from the St. Lawrence River Basin. The project will engage the community in the design and development of new fish advisory communications, increase awareness and understanding of advisory messages, and maintain and respect traditional tribal customs and beliefs. 2010 Started/10-13-11
Environmental Dredging: Buffalo River, NY $8,240,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has constructed repairs and modifications to the dredged material disposal facility in Buffalo, NY, and will remove up to 450,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the Buffalo River. This dredging, in combination with the dredging performed with the Corps` base funding, plus the Great Lakes Legacy Act dredging, will remove as much as 1 million cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the Area of Concern. 2010 50% Completed/
11-08-11
Environmental Dredging: Niagara River, NY $60,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is developing and implementing a detailed sampling plan for contaminated sediments in the Niagara River in order to evaluate alternatives for potential sediment removal actions. 2010 Started/5-04-11
Fish Monitoring and Surveillance $2,750,000 Clarkson University Environmental Protection Agency This project will assess trends and identify emerging and legacy contaminants (identified in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement) at levels previously impossible to detect by monitoring fish from each of the five Great Lakes. Additionally, in collaboration with other state, federal, and international agencies, the project will assess transfer of contaminants from the water column through the food chain, expand the existing Great Lakes Fish Monitoring Surveillance Program (GLFMSP) analyte list to include important emerging contaminants, and provide better information for decision-makers regarding the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. 2010 Started/10-14-11
Household Toxics Reduction through Consumer Education Pilot $104,192 Rochester Institute of Technology Environmental Protection Agency This project will reduce toxic contamination of the Great Lakes from household cleaning products. The grant will support workshops promoting the use of nontoxic products and sustainable practices in communities throughout the Rochester Embayment, Niagara River, Eighteenmile Creek, and St. Lawrence River-Massena Area of Concern watersheds. 2011 Started/1-06-12
Innovative Strategies For Pollution Reduction $14,935 Great Lakes United Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes United proposes an integrated approach to developing innovative strategies for pollution reduction in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem. Through work in the Binational Toxics Strategy policy forum, reform of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the development of a Green Chemistry Network, over the next two years Great Lakes United will engage key industry, academic, agency, and non-governmental sectors to discuss, adopt and support innovative processes aimed at the reduction, clean up, and elimination of toxic chemical pollution. 2010 Completed/6-01-11
Reassessment of Niagara River Area of Concern Sources of Contamination $902,573 DEC Environmental Protection Agency The grant will build upon previous studies and monitoring efforts (completed in the late 1980`s to mid 1990`s) to reassess point and non-point sources of priority toxic chemicals that have contributed to five of the seven Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) at the Niagara River Area of Concern (AOC). While considerable progress has been made by state and local regulatory agencies, a comprehensive reassessment is needed to determine whether delisting criteria have been met and to identify remaining sources of contamination. The sampling program will focus on hazardous waste sites, wastewater discharges and primary tributaries. The expected outcomes include reduction of toxic substances entering the Niagara River and the eventual removal of five of the seven BUIs present at this AOC. 2011 Started/10-11-11
St. Lawrence River AOC $1,229,415 Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environmental Protection Agency This project will focus on 4 Beneficial Use Impairments (Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption, Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations, Bird/Animal Deformities or Reproductive Problems, and Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat) in the St. Lawrence River, Massena, NY, Area of Concern. This project will monitor furbearers, turtles and birds, and conduct tissue analysis of wildlife to assist decision-makers considering restrictions on wildlife consumption. 2010 Started/10-13-11
State Capacity for LaMP/AOC Priorities $1,250,000 DEC Environmental Protection Agency This project will form a Great Lakes Team to coordinate project planning, public outreach, sampling and monitoring for the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie Management Plans, and management of the Great Lakes Areas of Concern in New York State. 2010 Started/10-27-11
Sturgeon Blood & Tissue Assay of Pollutants in Rochester Embayment $307,487 University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Environmental Protection Agency This project will evaluate fish contaminant levels in the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern to determine if the Restrictions on Fish Consumption Beneficial Use Impairment can be removed. This project will produce updated data on the level of toxic contaminants (silver, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins/furans and pesticides) in the tissue of lake sturgeon residing in the Lower Genesee River. These data will be compared with age-matched lake sturgeon in a nearby tributary. 2011 Started/10-05-11
Toxics Reduction and Sustainability in Paper Manufacturing $200,000 Rochester Institute of Technology Environmental Protection Agency Rochester Institute of Technology researchers will conduct assessments at four paper manufacturing companies to identify opportunities to reduce toxic chemical releases to the Great Lakes, reduce energy consumption and water usage, and reduce operational costs. The companies implementing the recommendations are expected to reduce releases of mercury, Polychlorinated Biphenyls s and Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons by 5%, reduce fuel and water consumption, and reduce costs. 2011 Started/10-05-11
Toxics Reduction Through Day Care Provider Engagement $291,078 Clean and Healthy New York, Inc. Environmental Protection Agency Clean and Healthy New York, Inc. and the Child Care Council, Inc. will expand the Children's Environmental Health Network's Eco-Healthy Child Care® program to reach over 12,000 child care providers in the New York Great Lakes basin to reduce and eliminate EPA chemicals of concern in day care facilities. Expected results include reductions in the use and release of 75,650 kg of targeted chemicals. 2011 Started/10-05-11
Xenobiotics in Fish from NY`s Great Lakes Int. Waters $500,000 DEC Environmental Protection Agency This project will produce updated fish contaminant data for legacy chemicals and new data on chemicals of emerging concern for human and ecosystem health. The data will be evaluated by the New York State Department of Health to produce appropriate fish consumption advisories for New York State waters. The data will also be used by to identify impaired waters and for the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads for toxic contaminants. As a result, at-risk populations will obtain the cultural and health benefits of fish consumption while minimizing chemical exposures. 2010 Started/10-11-11
Xenobiotics in Fish from NY`s Great Lakes Waters - Phase 2 $250,000 DEC Environmental Protection Agency The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will produce updated fish contaminant data for chemicals that impact human and ecosystem health in the St. Lawrence River. This project is phase two (of four phases) of a fish sampling project that was funded by a GLRI FY2010 grant to measure legacy and other emerging chemicals of concern in the St. Lawrence River/Massena Area of Concern (AOC). The New York State Department of Health and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will evaluate the data to produce appropriate fish consumption advisories for New York State and Tribal waters. These data will determine the status of the Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption Beneficial Use Impairment for this AOC. 2011 Started/10-15-11
Invasive Species ($7,484,582)
Title Amount Recipient Funding Agency Description Year Funded Status/Updated
Identifying Range & Limit Spread of Aquatic Animal Pathogens $1,884,768 Dept. of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will work with partners to search for and identify novel fish pathogens in the Great Lakes in order to understand what pathogens currently exist in the Great Lakes. This will provide a benchmark by which to determine the effectiveness of future invasive species control strategies such as ballast water technologies. 2010 Completed/
10-20-11
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program - Region 5 FWS $98,686 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region will minimize the risk of introduction and impacts of aquatic invasive species (AIS) by establishing a Great Lakes risk assessment program that supports decisions for state regulation industry self-regulation, and habitat restoration programs. 2011 50% Completed/
12-16-11
Aquatic Plant Control $1,029,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in cooperation with universities and other agencies, is conducting field and laboratory research on new and improved biological and chemical control strategies to manage Phragmites australis populations for the purpose of restoring native wetland habitats in the Great Lakes basin. Currently there are two demonstration projects being implemented at the Niagara River, NY, Area of Concern and the St. Clair River, MI, Area of Concern. 2010 25% Completed/
12-06-11
Aquatic Plant Control $25,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in cooperation with universities and other agencies, is investigating new and improved biological and chemical control strategies to manage aquatic invasive plants and will complete field pilot projects to demonstrate these strategies. The focus to date has been on Phragmites australis populations. Research is ongoing on potential pathogen and insect biocontrol agents for Phragmites. A field chemical control project has been completed at Lake St. Clair, MI. Other field pilot studies are being planned. 2011 25% Completed/
12-23-11
Eastern Lake Ontario Headwaters Watercraft Inspector Program $732,760 Paul Smith`s College of Arts & Sciences Environmental Protection Agency This project will prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in the headwaters of eastern Lake Ontario by allowing Paul Smith's College to conduct a new round of watercraft inspections at public boat launches in western Adirondack Park. Inspectors will provide recreational boaters with information about the risks that invasive species pose and will remove watercraft-borne invasive species when they identify them in their inspections. 2011/12 Started/10-02-12
Evaluating Ponto-Caspian Fish Species for Risk of Great Lakes Invasion $111,264 Buffalo State College Environmental Protection Agency This project will identify "high-risk" fish species from the Ponto-Caspian region of Russia. Information obtained from this investigation will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of ballast water regulations against invasive species from the Ponto-Caspian. Informational materials will be developed to support early detection and monitoring initiatives in the Great Lakes. 2010 50% Completed/

10-11-11
Improving the Early Detection of Invasive Ponto-Caspian Fishes in the Great Lakes
$99,756
Buffalo State College Environmental Protection Agency SUNY- Buffalo State College will assess the invasive potential for high-risk Ponto-Caspian fish from European shipping ports. The college will then assess Great Lakes ports to identify high-risk locations and time periods that are a strong habitat match for these high-risk invasive fish. This data will be used to focus surveillance and early detection efforts for invasive Ponto-Caspian fish likely to adapt to the waters of the Great Lakes. 2012 Awarded
10-2-12
Implementation of the New York State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan $792,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior This project will Implement, in coordination with Canadian partners, priority Great Lakes actions included in the State of New York's Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Comprehensive Management Plan. 2010 Started/10-12-11
Integrated Pest Management $281,959 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will establish a Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Integrated Management Program for priority Great Lakes species to implement rapid response control and management programs. USFWS invasive species specialists will assess the effectiveness of those programs and adapt them as needed. Response, monitoring, and control efforts will be focused on existing and potential Asian carp populations in Illinois and Indiana tributaries to Lake Michigan. 2011 Started/12-16-11
Lake Ontario Wetland Invasive Species Control and Restoration $555,518 The Nature Conservancy-NY Environmental Protection Agency This project will use an early detection/rapid response process to prevent new infestations of aquatic invasive plant species and lessen the impact these invasive species pose on the ecologically significant communities and rare species of the Eastern Lake Ontario barrier beach and coastal wetland complex. This will be accomplished by the implementation of various wetland restoration techniques such as re-establishing natural water flow patterns, and invasive species prevention measures and control strategies. 2010 25% Completed/
1-04-12
Risk Assessment- Region 5 $98,686 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Establish an aquatic invasive species risk assessment program that supports decisions for State regulation, industry self-regulation, and habitat restoration programs and projects. That program will develop and implement, when needed and requested, a rapid screening process to assess the risk of establishment and significant, negative impacts of species: 1) imported and traded within the Great Lakes Basin and 2)That may benefit from Great Lakes habitat restoration and enhancement under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (As requested by other Federal, and Regional [e.g., Great Lakes Fishery Commission], State, Tribal, and local governments, industries, and nongovernmental organizations). 2011 50% Completed/
12/16/11
Ultrasound Technology for Great Lakes Ballast Water Treatment $673,530 Montclair State University Dept of Interior TBD 50% Completed/
1-04-12
Assessing Aquatic Invasive Species Risk in the Erie Canal Corridor
$356,154 Central Michigan University (NY) Environmental Protection Agency

Through this project, Central Michigan University will assess the risks presented by aquatic invasive species to the Erie Canal Corridor by cataloging non-native species in the Mohawk-Hudson River and Lake Champlain basins and identifying currently-restricted invasive species that have the potential to spread into the canal. By using environmental DNA surveys, the project will help define the scope of the invasive species problem in the Erie Canal, find potential invasion pathways and identify future surveillance needs.

2012

Awarded/
10-2-12

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Monitoring in the Eastern Great Lakes Basin
$315,059 The Nature Conservancy Environmental Protection Agency

The Nature Conservancy will develop models that predict the spread of Hydrilla verticillata and other aquatic invasive species across the New York, northwestern Pennsylvania, and eastern Ohio portion of the Great Lakes basin. The Nature Conservancy will also survey for targeted invasive species and will use this information to plan, promote, and develop local invasive species control projects.

2012

Awarded
10-2-12

Working with Recreational Anglers and Boaters to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species
$227,484
Cornell Univresity Environmental Protection Agency

Cornell will increase efforts by government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the Lake Ontario region to communicate with anglers and boaters about the risks that invasive species pose to the Great Lakes and to discourage actions that contribute to the spread of invasive species.

2012

Awarded
10-2-12

Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Project
$77,958 Town of Greece U.S. Forest Service The town of Greece will plant 200 trees to replace those lost to emerald ash borer and to slow stormwater runoff into Lake Ontario. 2012

Awarded
10-11-12

Non-Native Invasive Plant Species Control $125,000 New York Cooperative Weed Management Area 2010
Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution ($5,824,112)
Title Amount Recipient

Funding Agency

Description Year Funded Status/Updated
Beach Forecasting Model and Weather Station Network $91,440 Erie County, NY Environmental Protection Agency This project will establish weather station networks with real-time internet data retrieval at five northeast Lake Erie beaches and associated streams. These networks will be validated by water quality sampling results and will make existing preemptive beach closure procedures more accurate and precise. This will allow beach managers to protect human health by making more informed decisions. 2010 Started/10-15-11
Breakwater Ecosystem Improvement Study $250,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense To Be Added 2010 Started/12-16-11
Buffalo River Watershed, NY $97,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is initiating development of a watershed management plan for the Buffalo River watershed and Area of Concern in New York. The plan will evaluate alternatives for ecosystem restoration, elimination of beneficial use impairments, and sustainable development. 2010 25% Completed/
10-31-11
Canaseraga Creek Watershed, NY $97,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is initiating development of a watershed management plan for the Canaseraga Creek, a tributary to the Genesee River located in Livingston, Steuben and Allegany Counties in west central New York. The plan will evaluate alternatives for ecosystem restoration and sustainable development. 2010 Completed/
11-07-11
Cattaragus Creek Watershed, NY $97,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is initiating development of a watershed management plan for the Cattaraugus Creek watershed which includes portions of five counties in New York, as well as the Cattaraugus Reservation of the Seneca Nation. The plan will evaluate alternatives for ecosystem restoration and sustainable development. 2010 25% Completed/
11-09-11
Coastal Structures Ecosystem Improvement $50,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense There are hundreds of miles of coastal engineering structures (such as breakwaters, piers, and revetments) in the Great Lakes, including U.S.. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) structures at many of the U.S.. Areas of Concern. This project will help USACE and Great Lakes stakeholders identify and implement opportunities for improving aquatic habitat in and around those structures. The project will (1) develop a technical report that evaluates alternatives for improving ecosystem benefits at coastal structures, (2) develop an outreach document promoting ecosystem improvements at coastal structures, (3) develop a database of Great Lakes coastal structures and their ecosystem improvement opportunities, and (4) complete at least two field demonstration projects. 2011 25% Completed/
12-23-11
Direct Mitigation of a Harmful Algal Bloom in Sodus Bay $397,147 SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry Environmental Protection Agency The project will treat early-stage harmful algal blooms (HABs) using hydrogen peroxide, a methodology successfully used in Europe to protect swimming beaches. Researchers will determine whether peroxide can be used to remove cyanobacteria from Sodus Bay and alleviate severe HABs, without harming desirable planktonic and fish resources. 2011 Started/10-19-11
Finger Lakes Multi-Purpose, NY $97,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is initiating development of a watershed management plan for the Finger Lakes and Oswego River watersheds in central New York. The plan will evaluate alternatives for ecosystem restoration and sustainable development. 2010 Completed/11-07-11
Implementation of Rapid Test Methods at Lake Ontario Beaches $222,867 Health Research Inc. Environmental Protection Agency This project will improve the effectiveness of monitoring fecal pollution by local health departments at two urban Lake Ontario beaches. Through this project the local laboratory will be able to perform water quality testing using two different rapid detection methods, which in conjunction with traditional bacterial methods (which take 24 hours for results) will allow the local beach manager to quickly, and more accurately make decisions on opening and closing bathing beaches, thereby protecting the bathing public. 2010 Started/10-14-11
Improving Water Quality in the New York Lake Ontario Basin $998,749 Finger Lakes Association Environmental Protection Agency This project will: target agricultural areas contributing pollutants (e.g. sediment, excess phosphorus, pesticides) to streams in the watershed drainage basin of Lake Ontario; implement best management practices to reduce these pollutants in the watershed; and have a direct environmental benefit to Lake Ontario and other NY areas of environmental impairment. 2010 Started/1-06-12
Lake Erie Stream Sanitary Surveys $79,076 Erie County, NY Environmental Protection Agency Sanitary surveys will be conducted on the Delaware Creek, Big Sister Creek, Little Sister Creek and Berricks Creek. Rain events, prevailing winds, and inshore currents carry contamination from these streams into Lake Erie and cause beach closures. Dry and wet weather sampling will be conducted to identify potential sources of human fecal matter and help protect public health. 2010 Started/10-15-11
Sandy Creek Stream Bank Stabilization Project $500,000 Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District Environmental Protection Agency Several projects will be constructed to stabilize Sandy Creek (a major stream that flows into Lake Ontario) to prevent run-off and erosion which are sources of pollution, and restore aquatic habitat. Projects include stream bank barrier walls, stream crossings to limit cattle access, and planting vegetation along the creek. This project supports Jefferson County`s existing stream restoration plans. 2010 25%/10-14-11
Sanitary Surveys and Website for Beach Water Quality Information $850,000 Health Research, Inc. Environmental Protection Agency In this project, 38 bathing beach sanitary surveys will be conducted on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie. Site assessments will be performed to identify sources of pollution. Results will be used to direct remediation efforts to improve water quality, reduce bather exposure to pollution, and prevent potential illness. A publicly accessible web-based system with real-time water quality information for all Great Lakes beaches will also be developed. 2010 Started/1-04-12
Sanitary Surveys: Lake Erie/Lake Ontario/Niagara River NY State Parks $250,000 NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Environmental Protection Agency Sanitary surveys will be conducted at seven beaches located on Lake Erie, western Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. The sanitary surveys will identify hydrological conditions, primary pollutants and their source locations. Information generated will be used to improve understanding of contamination problems and implement steps toward beach remediation. 2010 Started/10-15-11
Sanitary Surveys: Ontario/St. Lawrence River NY State Parks $250,000 NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Environmental Protection Agency Sanitary surveys will be conducted at 9 beaches located on eastern Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The sanitary surveys will identify primary pollutants and their source locations and then use this information to remediate beaches. This work will provide for a better understanding of how the surrounding watershed and beach hydrology affect beach water quality. 2010 Started/10-14-11
Total Maximum Daily Load for Phosphorus in the Upper Black Creek $305,000 DEC Environmental Protection Agency This project will allow New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to develop a Total Maximum Daily Load to reduce sources of phosphorus to Upper Black Creek, a tributary to the Genesee River. Mathematical models will be developed to establish phosphorus criteria to protect stream health. This work will help guide efforts to reduce phosphorus throughout the Lake Ontario watershed. 2010 Started/1-05-12
Watershed Program $860,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is developing studies that support integrated watershed restoration and conservation, as well as implementing site-specific projects that conserve and restore coastal aquatic ecosystems. 2010 25% Completed/
10-31-11
Woodlawn Beach Pollution Source Identification & Remediation $200,833 NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Environmental Protection Agency This project will continue Woodlawn Beach sanitary survey work by conducting pollution source identification on Rush Creek, Blasdell Creek and Foster Brook. Remediation efforts will be conducted by studying various beach grooming techniques and other efforts to reduce pollution. Work conducted will improve beach water quality, recreational opportunities, public health protection of swimmers, and public education. 2010 Started/10-15-11
Implementation of the Great Lakes Observation and Response System $131,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dept. of Commerce Implementation of the Great Lakes Observation and Response System 2011
Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration ($14,845,738)
Title Amount Recipient Funding Agency Description Year Funded Status/Updated
Avian Habitat Restoration at Joseph Davis State Park $360,031 Buffalo Audubon Society Dept. of Interior This project will restore at least 35 acres of shrub habitat in need of restoration, making it a highly productive habitat for native pollinators, breeding birds, and migrating birds reliant on fruits from native shrubs. 2010/11 Started/10-13-11
Bog turtle surveys to re-evaluate historic sites and identify new sites in Cayuga and Wayne Counties of New York State $138,560 SUNY Research Foundation Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region will conduct bog turtle habitat surveys at approximately 130 wetlands in Wayne and Cayuga Counties, New York. Additional sites will also be identified that have suitable bog turtle habitat if time permits. The bog turtle is a federally threatened species. 2010 75% Completed/

10-25-11
Buffalo Outer Harbor, NY $50,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of various alternatives to restore aquatic habitat along the shoreline of Lake Erie within the Buffalo Harbor area in Buffalo, NY. 2010 Completed/
11-07-11
Buffalo River AOC Habitat Restoration - Riverbend $824,245 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Environmental Protection Agency This project will result in the design, implementation, and monitoring of a restoration project at the Riverbend site on the Buffalo River. This is a former industrial site and these efforts will help restore the area`s natural habitat. The work will include 2800 ft of river bank enhancement, plus 6.3 acres of floodplain habitat restoration. Tasks include river bank regrading to reduce soil erosion, planting native trees and shrubs, and removal of invasive plant species. Two years of vegetation surveys and monitoring will then occur. 2010/11 Started/10-04-11
Buffalo River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration Design and Engineering- RiverBend Phase II $167,000 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Environmental Protection Agency To Be Added 2010 Started/10-18-11
Buffalo River Wetlands Restoration at Seneca Bluffs $200,000 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Environmental Protection Agency The project will result in restoration of the 15-acre Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Area. The project area includes two acres of wetland restoration, 13 acres of forested floodplain restoration and enhancement, and nearly a mile of river bank/shoreline improvements. Trees and shrubs will be planted, and invasive plant species will be managed and controlled. Habitat quality monitoring will be conducted. 2010 25% Completed/
10-04-11
Characterization of the Niagara River larval fish community $47,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office will sample juvenile and larval fish using a variety of methods in several habitat types (wetlands, backwater and open flow areas) in the Niagara River from May-September 2011. Sampling methods include drift nets, ichthyoplankton nets, light traps, minnow traps, trawling and larval seines. Species diversity information will help guide management decisions on the Niagara River. 2010 50% Completed/
10-13-11
Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area Eastern Massasauga Habitat Restoration $60,264 DEC Dept. of Interior The New York Department of Environmental Conservation will enhance Eastern Massasauga (federal and state protected reptile) habitat within Cicero Swamp by removing over-story vegetation in areas where the species has been known to occur. 2010 75% Completed/
10-25-11
Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area Eastern Massasauga Habitat Restoration $51,363 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Cortland, New York Ecological Services Office will conduct habitat restoration at Cicero Swamp Wetland Management Area to support local federally protected Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake populations. 2010 25% Completed/
10-25-11
Clear Creek Stream Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project $90,211 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Stream headcutting and floodplain abandonment has increased streambank erosion, sediment inputs, and deposition in Clear Creek, a tributary to Lake Erie. The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service will work with partners to use natural channel design approaches to restore habitat and ecological function, and re-establish fish passage above a sheetpile grade control, which currently blocks fish upstream passage to over 6 miles of habitat. 2010 50% Completed/
10-19-11
Coastal Fisheries Habitat Restoration in the St. Lawrence River $999,803 Ducks Unlimited National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration As part of an on-going restoration effort, Ducks Unlimited will install fish passage and excavate river channels at three locations in the upper St. Lawrence River watershed in New York. The project will restore and enhance 110 acres of marsh ecosystem and fish spawning habitat.
2010 25% Completed/
10-19-11
Determination of VHS virus prevalence and geographical distribution in the Lower Great Lakes Basin $129,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior A new, highly virulent strain of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSV) has recently been detected in wild fish in the Great Lakes Basin. Outbreaks have caused massive fish kills in a broad range of freshwater fish species. Investigations through cooperative surveys across the Lower Lakes basin (Lakes Ontario and Eire) from a wide array of species will be coordinated and led by the U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service. Information will assess the risk to cultured and wild fish across the country. 2010 50% completed/
10-24-11
Ecosystem Approach to Infrastructure and Restoration Work $2,500,000 Federal Highway Administration Dept. of Transportation The Federal Highway Administration will fund project agreements with state and local agencies to protect and restore habitat in conjunction with infrastructure work. 2010 Started/10-14-11

Evaluation of Niagara River and Bar Benthic Habitat Using Side Scan Sonar and GIS Modeling $108,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Office is restoring lake trout and lake sturgeon through substrate classification in the Niagara River. Side scan sonar mapping and GIS techniques, coupled with field validation and underwater video, will be used to evaluate habitat. They will assess 22 miles of habitat in the upper river, 8 miles of habitat in the lower river, and 12 square miles of the Niagara bar. Information will be used to prioritize habitat protection. 2010 75% Completed/
01-03-2012
Farm Bill Programs for Habitat and Wildlife Protection $2,000,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service Dept. of Agriculture The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will work directly with agricultural producers through its Conservation Technical Assistance Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, and Environmental Quality Incentives Program to implement conservation practices to address habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. 2010 25% Completed/
10-18-2011
Fish Surveys to ID Priority Watersheds for Brook Trout Habitat Restoration $135,385 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The distribution of brook trout in many New York headwater streams is largely unknown, and therefore limits habitat protection and restoration efforts. The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service will work with partners to systematically survey streams to determine presence of brook trout watersheds throughout the Tug Hill plateau, St. Lawrence River, and central New York. A U.S.. Geological Survey data gap model for brook trout, land-use and forest cover maps, and other tools will be used to prioritize survey sites. 2010 75% Completed/
10-19-2011
Habitat Restoration Training & Technical Support $200,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting workshops/training sessions and providing direct technical support for projects throughout the Great Lakes basin in order to train stakeholders and transfer information on aquatic habitat and wildlife protection and restoration technologies. These efforts will be designed to maximize the effectiveness of the restoration of physical, chemical, and biological processes and ecosystem functions of the projects and improve the conditions of native plants, fish, and wildlife. Specific topics and locations will be selected based on expressed needs and interests of Federal and non-Federal partners. Priority will be given to activities that directly assist in removing beneficial use impairments at Areas of Concern. Currently two stream construction workshops are scheduled and other workshops are being planned. 2011 Started/
12-27-2011
Identification of lake sturgeon spawning habitat in the lower Niagara River $65,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office will radio tag adult lake sturgeon for approximately one year to identify habitat use. These data will be used in conjunction with substrate mapping data to identify spawning habitat and prioritize management actions.

2010
50%Completed/
10-13-2011
Improving Strategies to Restore Aquatic Habitats and Species $750,000 U.S. Geological Survey Dept. of Interior U.S.. Geological Survey (USGS) is restoring native Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario by raising and releasing fish and conducting assessments to evaluate restoration success. Working closely with New York State, Iroquois Native Americans, and Ontario governments, USGS scientists are ensuring that the scientifically-based techniques and strategies used will provide the highest probability of success while avoiding potential fish diseases. This project will phase in restoration of white fish, herring and lake sturgeon in Lake Ontario using similar methods. 2010 75% Completed/
10-15-2011
Increase exotic /emerging fish disease surveillance $134,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Recent introductions and isolations of new fish viruses are true threats to both the economy of U.S.. aquaculture and to native species. This project, conducted by the U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service, will determine the geographic distribution of aquatic animal pathogens, which will enable state, federal, and tribal managers and policy makers to make scientifically sound management decisions. 2010 25% Completed/
10-25-2011
Irondequoit Creek, NY $310,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of various alternatives for restoring fishery habitat in Irondequoit Creek in Monroe County, NY. 2010 75% Completed/
11-09-2011
Joint Ventures: Indian River Lakes Wetland Protection $432,865 Ducks Unlimited Inc. Dept. of Interior Ducks Unlimited, Inc. was granted $432,865 for the Indian River Lakes Wetland Protection project. It will protect nearly 600 acres of wetlands and uplands in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties, New York, which will provide connectivity to existing protected lands, as well as protect 1.75 miles of Oswegatchie River frontage and floodplain grass and scrub. 2010 75% Completed/
10-19-2011
Lake Sturgeon Assessment in the Niagara River $120,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior This project will assess the status of lake sturgeon populations in the Niagara River and Niagara Bar areas. Lake sturgeon will be captured, aged, and tagged (using PIT tags and radio transmitters). Mark-recapture analysis will be used to estimate abundance, survival and developing habitat preference models. This is a collaborative project between the U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office and the Northeast Fishery Center. 2010 50% Completed/
10-13-2011
Lake trout reproduction and monitoring in the Niagara River area: genetic evaluation and movement study $240,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service will evaluate natural reproduction of lake trout to determine if hatchery strains being stocked are contributing to reproduction. This study will tag and monitor lake trout to identify spawning areas in the Niagara River and Niagara Bar, and use genetic difference between hatchery strains to evaluate natural reproduction to identify the source (hatchery to strain or wild) of the natural reproduction. 2010 50% Completed/
10-14-2011
Lower Great Lakes Lower Trophic Monitoring Program $93,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office will monitor and evaluate key lower trophic variables (phosphorus, chlorophyll a, secchi depth and zooplankton density and biomass) that characterize overall ecosystem change spatially, temporally and by habitat types. Collections will occur at 18 stations in Lake Erie and 12 stations in Lake Ontario from May through October. This project is conducted in partnership with State and Federal agencies and universities. 2010 50% Completed/
10-13-2011
Mist net and AnaBat survey for the Indiana bat in southwestern New York $20,000 Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc Dept. of Interior The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cortland, New York Ecological Services Field Office will conduct mist net surveys for the Indiana bat, a federally endangered species. Populations of the Indiana bat are threatened by compounding factors including wind development and disease (white-nose syndrome). Biologists will use this information to update current knowledge of population size in the Great Lakes region. 2010 Started/10-25-2011
Niagara River Habitat Restoration $243,936 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Environmental Protection Agency This project will develop a habitat restoration strategy for the New York, Niagara River Basin by identifying opportunities and strategies to protect and restore habitats essential to the Niagara River Basin ecosystem. The project will complement the on-going Niagara River Area of Concern (AOC) activities addressing the causes of environmental Beneficial Use Impairments within the AOC. 2010 25% Completed/
10-14-2011
North Branch Wiscoy Creek Restoration $55,314 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior The Wyoming County (New York) Soil and Water Conservation District will improve habitat for the North Branch of the Wiscoy Creek fishery by restoring pool and riffle habitat within the stream, which will provide cover for aquatic species. Activities include plantings of native vegetation streamside, which will provide much needed shade and buffer. These efforts will provide high-quality coolwater habitat for temperature sensitive species of fish, including trout, dace, and darters. 2010 75% Completed/
10-19-2011
Onondaga Creek, Syracuse Lakefront, NY $27,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of various alternatives for restoring natural riverine features to the urbanized channel on Onondaga Creek in Syracuse, NY. 2010 Completed/

11-08-2011
Ontario St., Buffalo, NY $50,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of various alternatives to restore aquatic habitat at the mouth of Cornelius Creek and along the Niagara River waterfront in Buffalo, NY. 2010 Completed/

11-07-2011
Partners for Fish and Wildlife - New York $200,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a voluntary habitat restoration program of the U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service. The PFW Program works with landowners and other partners to restore habitat on private lands. Focus is on restoring wetlands and grasslands to benefit migratory birds and federally-listed threatened and endangered species. The basin-wide program goal for GLRI is to restore 500 acres of wetlands and 500 acres of grasslands. 2010 Completed/
10-13-2011
Partners for Fish and Wildlife - New York $100,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a voluntary habitat restoration program of the U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service. The PFW Program works with landowners and other partners to restore habitat on private lands. Focus is on restoring wetlands and grasslands to benefit migratory birds and federally-listed threatened and endangered species. The basin-wide program goal for GLRI is to restore 500 acres of wetlands and 500 acres of grasslands. 2011 Completed/
10-13-2011
Restoration of Deepwater Ciscoes in Lake Ontario $54,274 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Deepwater cisco restoration is an important objective of the Lake Ontario Committee. This project facilitates the collection of gametes and development of genetic analysis tools to evaluate reintroduction procedures. Identifying sources of reintroduced ciscoes using genetic tags will be essential to evaluate the success of restoring ciscoes to Lake Ontario. 2011 Started/
9-30-2011
Restore Species $2,058,000 U.S. Forest Service Dept. of Agriculture The U.S.. Forest Service (USFS) will protect and restore wetland and terrestrial habitat for Great Lakes threatened, endangered, and species of conservation concern such as Piping Plover and Karner blue butterfly. By October 2011, habitat restoration projects will occur on over 10,000 acres of land on or adjacent to the Superior, Ottawa, Huron / Manistee, Hiawatha, Chequamegon-Nicolet and Green Mountain / Finger Lakes National Forests. 2010 75% Completed/
10-25-2011
Restore Wetlands at Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area $35,714 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Conesus Lake Association of New York will restore Wetlands at Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area. The Association will work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to improve these wetlands for pike and other wetland dependent fish and wildlife. Restoration will include replacement of several water control structures to restore the ability to manage the marsh effectively, providing long-term benefits for the native wetland community. 2010 Completed/
10-19-2011
Restoring Degraded Upland Tributaries of Onondaga Lake $118,312 Izaak Walton League of America Environmental Protection Agency This project will reduce sedimentation, improve water quality, and restore fish and insect life in two streams draining into Onondaga Lake, located 30 miles upstream from Lake Ontario in the eastern Finger Lakes Basin. As a result, this project will help to conserve or restore stream corridors in order to sustain native and migratory fishes and wildlife. 2010 Started/
5-11-2011
Salmon River Stream Habitat Restoration to Improve Fish Passage $96,685 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Severe bank erosion and sediment deposition has created braided stream reaches with numerous side channels. The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service will work with partners to use natural channel design habitat restoration approaches to re-establish a stable meander pattern, dimension, and profile. 2010 Seasonal/10-19-2011
Sandy Creek Stream Habitat Restoration to Improve Fish Passage $104,094 U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Significant streambank erosion and sediment deposition has formed a braided stream channel and degraded habitat quality, function, and fish passage in Sandy Creek, a tributary to Lake Ontario. The U.S.. Fish and Wildlife Service will work with its partners to implement natural channel design approaches to reduce width-depth ratios, re-establish a thalweg and restore riffle-pool mesohabitats to improve habitat and ecological function. 2010 25% Completed/
10-19-2011
Scajaquada Creek, NY $50,000 U.S.. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of various alternatives for restoring natural conditions and habitat on a highly modified river by a flood control project in Scajaquada Creek in Buffalo, NY. 2010 Completed/
11-07-2011
Seneca and Cayuga Watersheds Stream Corridor Restoration (LO-2-11) $186,868 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service MN Dept. of Interior This project seeks to restore and enhance fish habitat, re-establish, expand or protect riparian buffers, and improve water quality. Survey work and restoration will occur on both private and federal lands. Management activities may include bank stabilization, reconnections to floodplains, planting native vegetation, fencing riparian areas to exclude cattle, repair leaking cattle ponds, invasive species removal, man-made trash removal, addition of coarse woody debris, and/or other techniques that will further the project's objectives. 2011 Started/
10-19-2011
South Park Lake, NY $27,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of various alternatives to restore aquatic habitat in the 24-acre South Park Lake in Buffalo, NY. 2010 Started/5-04-2011
Springville Dam, NY $150,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is studying the feasibility of modifying or removing the Springville dam in order to restore fishery passage on the Cattaraugus Creek in Springville, NY. 2010 50% Completed/
11-09-2011
St. Lawrence River Sturgeon Restoration $723,107 Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environmental Protection Agency This project will advance efforts to restore Lake Sturgeon in the St. Lawrence River, Massena, NY, Area of Concern, by investigating suitable spawning habitat, water quality, and causes of reproductive failure. 2010 Started/10-13-2011
Stream Crossing Inventory in the Lake Ontario Basin $51,522 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior Lake Ontario supports seven freshwater mussel species that are designated as Species of Greatest Conservation Need by New York State. Stream road-crossings can block mussel host (fish) migration, and host-fish movement is critical for the reproduction of freshwater mussel communities. The U.S., Fish and Wildlife Service and partners will conduct field assessments of road crossings to inventory barriers, and develop a Geographic Information System-Decision Support System to prioritize high priority fish passage restoration. 2010 25% Completed/
10-19-2011
Technical Support $200,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting workshops and providing direct technical support at Areas of Concern throughout the Great Lakes basin in order to train stakeholders and transfer information on aquatic habitat and wildlife protection and restoration technologies. 2010 Completed/
12-27-2011
SUNY Oswego-Fallsbrook Dam Removal $61,685 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dept. of Interior To Be Added 2010
Grand Isle Ferry Landing $26,500 DEC Dept. of Commerce-NOAA New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will acquire a 1 acre parcel within the Niagara River AOC. This parcel is one of the last undeveloped sections of shoreline that provides natural habitat for native fish, wildlife, and plant species.
2011
Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation,Communication and Partnerships ($3,442,567)
Title Amount Recipient Funding Agency Description Year Funded Status/Updated
Improving Lake Ontario Environmental Management Decisions $331,967 Cornell University Environmental Protection Agency This project will evaluate the status of the Lake Ontario ecosystem using water quality and biological sampling results collected through coordinated U.S.. and Canadian monitoring efforts in 2008. Analysis of this large data set will help inform future environmental management decisions relating to control of nutrient loading and fishery management practices. 2010 50% Completed/
10-15-2011
Lake Ontario Education and Outreach - Engaging the Public $129,175 Niagara County Soil & Water Conservation District Environmental Protection Agency This project will develop a community-based public involvement program, engaging residents, schools and communities in the process to develop the Lake Ontario Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) and Areas of Concern Remedial Action Plans (RAPs). The project will plan and implement a New York Lake Ontario basin-wide public education and awareness program which promotes the LAMP-RAP partnership and stewardship of Lake Ontario and its watershed. 2010 50% Completed/
1-04-12
New York Teachers Get WET for the Great Lakes! $168,982 Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Environmental Protection Agency This grant will support two five-day academies and 14 "Get WET for the Great Lakes" institutes at which teachers will be provided with content and methods for conducting watershed education experiences relating to the Buffalo River, Niagara River, Eighteenmile Creek, and Rochester Embayment Areas of Concern in New York State. The project will target teachers from underserved schools and will empower teachers and students to protect fresh water resources through direct stewardship activities in their Areas of Concern. Following the training, teachers will receive support to help them integrate Great Lakes information into their curricula. 2011 Started/1-05-12
Northern International Boundary Waters $495,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Defense The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is developing monitoring and modeling capability that can be used to guide adaptive management practices by the International Joint Commission St. Lawrence River Board of Control, which regulates water outflows from Lake Ontario for environmental sustainability 2010 Started/5-04-11
Observing Systems and Monitoring Nearshore Lake Erie $962,583 Buffalo State College Environmental Protection Agency This project will increase the existing network of nearshore monitoring on Lake Erie with acquisition of three observational buoys to assess nutrients, energy and particulate fluxes between nearshore and open water zones at listed Great Lakes Areas of Concern, such as Ohio's Ashtabula River and New York's Buffalo River, including Cattaraugus Creek. An automated underwater vehicle will be used to monitor changes in water quality, hydrodynamic parameters and ice thickness. Results from this project will be used to validate work by the University of Michigan on a hydrodynamic forecasting model to predict impacts of environmental and climate change on Lake Erie. Real-time data will be available to Great Lakes stakeholders through a website. 2010 50% Completed/
10-10-11
Oswego River Phosphorous Tracking $289,552 SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry Environmental Protection Agency This project will provide important information to environmental managers on the sources, loadings and types of nutrients entering the Lake Ontario nearshore zone from the Oswego River. The water quality monitoring to be conducted under this project will provide critical information needed to better understand the movement of nutrients from the nearshore to offshore zone of the Lake and how these nutrients relate to the growth of noxious algal blooms. 2010 Started/10-14-11
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe involvement in LaMPs/RAPs $150,000 Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environmental Protection Agency This project will enhance the participation of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and other Indian Nations in the Lake Ontario Basin, collectively known as the Haudenosaunee, in the environmental protection and restoration activities of the Lake Ontario Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) and the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the St. Lawrence River at the Massena Area of Concern (AOC). A tribal coordinator will work with the LaMP and RAP Coordinators on such activities as project planning, public outreach, and monitoring. The project will help assure that efforts to address Beneficial Use Impairments are consistent with tribal values, priorities and programs. 2010 Started/10-06-11
The Lake Erie Nearshore and Offshore Nutrient Study $615,813 Buffalo State College Environmental Protection Agency This project will assess the causes of nutrient-related problems in the Lake Erie central and eastern basins. It will quantify the major biotic and abiotic nutrient pools, rates of nutrient movement, and trophic pathways in the nearshore and offshore regions of Lake Erie. Additionally, data will be coupled with hydrodynamic models of particle transport and phosphate source tracking to assess whether the pools of nutrients in the nearshore and offshore regions follow predicted patterns of lake mixing models. The models will be used to determine where nutrients came from and how they move from the nearshore to offshore Lake Erie, providing information to managers on how and where to address excess nutrient input. 2010 Started/10-11-11
Wetland monitoring for Lake Ontario adaptive management $299,495 The Nature Conservancy-NY Environmental Protection Agency This project supports the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, pursuant to Public law 112-10. The Nature Conservancy will use the grant to assemble and finalize cost-effective protocols for wetland monitoring based on the research and findings of the International Joint Commission's lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River study, which found that regulation of the system altered natural cycling of water levels and impacted coastal areas. The project will also initiate the environmental monitoring work called for in the International Joint Commission's framework for adaptive management to help ensure the protection and restoration of Lake Ontario coastal wetlands. 2011 Started/1-06-12