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Great Lakes Action Agenda

NY Great Lakes information and resources are now available through the NY Great Lakes Clearinghouse. The new biennial newsletter is also available, highlighting collaborative efforts to implement the 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).

New York's Great Lakes Clearinghouse Now Available

New York Sea Grant and DEC have launched a website that will serve as an information clearinghouse and act as a portal through which users can access specific resources related to grant funding, research projects, and the priorities of New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda. The clearinghouse can be accessed here:

NY Great Lakes Riparian Restoration Opportunity Assessment

New York Natural Heritage Program of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and DEC's Great Lakes watershed program will be developed landscape assessment products that will assist DEC and other stakeholder organizations to strategically identify and prioritize sites for implementation of DEC's Trees for Tribs program and other riparian restoration and protection efforts within New York's Great Lakes basin. Planning tools and accompanying maps are publicly accessible resources designed for use by stakeholders to identify high priority stream reaches for water quality improvements, habitat enhancement and connectivity, streambank resiliency, and riparian protection.

A webinar was held on April 14th to present on the products and demonstrate their use, and can be accessed here:

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.

  1. Virtually eliminate discharges of persistent toxic substances
  2. Control sediment, nutrient and pathogen releases
  3. Accelerate the delisting of New York's Areas of Concern
  4. Combat invasive species
  5. Conserve and restore fish and wildlife
  6. Conserve Great Lakes water supplies
  7. Enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity
  8. Promote smart growth, redevelopment and adaptive reuse
  9. Enhance recreation and tourism opportunities
  10. 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.