Great Lakes Action Agenda
What is the Great Lakes Action Agenda?
The interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (73 page PDF, 3.04 MB) is a guide to promote successful ecosystem-based management through existing programs and partnerships involving state and federal agencies, municipalities, academic institutions, non-profits, and other stakeholders in New York's Great Lakes basin. The action agenda identifies pressing problems and actions needed to protect natural resources, environmental quality and resilient communities. It helps focus federal and state programs on key challenges faced by this region of the state. Most importantly, it is a tool that agencies, communities and organizations can use to help plan, fund and track projects that help achieve our shared vision for the conservation, restoration and protection of New York's Great Lakes basin.
Status of the Great Lakes Action Agenda
The action agenda is being released as an "interim" document, in recognition of key federal and state initiatives that are currently undergoing significant revisions and refinement, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan and the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, among others. Therefore, this will be a working document at this time, to best accommodate new priorities and be open to new partners as we move forward with implementation.
A Great Lakes Action Agenda progress update was presented via webinar on December 16. 2014. The presentation slides may be viewed by clicking on the following link: New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda Stakeholder Presentation (PDF, 2.28 MB).
Consistent with outreach plans included in the Agenda, regional workgroup meetings will be convened beginning winter 2015, with the goal of bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together, on a watershed basis, to implement the Great Lakes Action Agenda.
Goals of the Great Lakes Action Agenda
The action agenda brings together new priorities, as well as existing environmental, social and economic goals previously identified for New York's Great Lakes region, using an ecosystem-based management approach. The action agenda's ten priority goals guide conservation, restoration and protection efforts in New York's Great Lakes basin.
- Virtually eliminate discharges of persistent toxic substances
- Control sediment, nutrient and pathogen releases
- Accelerate the delisting of New York's Areas of Concern
- Combat invasive species
- Conserve and restore fish and wildlife
- Conserve Great Lakes water supplies
- Enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity
- Promote smart growth, redevelopment and adaptive reuse
- Enhance recreation and tourism opportunities
- Plan for energy development
Achieving the goals of the Great Lakes Action Agenda
DEC's Great Lakes Watershed Program reports annually on the work of organizations across New York's Great Lakes basin to meet the ten goals of the action agenda.
- New York Great Lakes Action Agenda Highlights 2010-2012 (PDF, 1.7 MB) - Note that the format of the action agenda changed in 2012. Achievements highlighted in this 2010-2012 report are organized by goal in accordance with the previous format.
- New York Great Lakes Action Agenda Highlights 2012 - 2014 (PDF, 2.8 KB)