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Great Lakes Action Agenda

Cover page of the draft Great Lakes Action Agenda
New York's Great Lakes Action
Agenda (PDF, 3.7 MB)
is currently
in draft form

The Great Lakes Action Agenda is a draft plan to support 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 economic development. It helps focus federal and state programs on key challenges faced by this region of the state. Once finalized, the action agenda will be a tool that agencies, communities and organizations can use to help plan, fund and track projects that support the shared vision for the conservation, restoration and protection of New York's Great Lakes basin.

Status of the Great Lakes Action Agenda

The Great Lakes Action Agenda (PDF, 3.7 MB) is currently in draft form and has been updated to reflect current state, regional and local priorities for enhancing New York's Great Lakes basin.

DEC's Great Lakes Program is accepting input on the action agenda from stakeholders in New York. If you have comments or suggestions, please email them to glakes@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

A tentative development schedule is below:

Tentative Great Lakes Action Agenda Development Schedule
Estimated Timing Action Status
June 2013 Circulate draft action agenda amongst state agencies Comments are under review
July-September 2013 Accept public comments on draft action agenda Comments were accepted until 9/1/13 and are currently under review
February 2014 Release final version of action agenda Planned

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 coastal 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.