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Great Lakes Action Agenda

A series of four public workshops on the Great Lakes Action Agenda will be held in late January through early February 2015. More information, including workshop times and locations, is available below under the Great Lakes Action Agenda Public Workshops heading.

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).

Great Lakes Action Agenda Public Workshops

New York Sea Grant and NYSDEC's Great Lakes watershed program are hosting a series of public workshops across New York's Great Lakes basin to provide information on the Great Lakes Action Agenda, to discuss the proposed strategy for implementing the Agenda, and to seek input on priorities for achieving watershed health across the region.

Please join us for one or more of the following workshops:

  • WATERTOWN -- Wednesday, January 28, 3-5pm*
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County
    203 North Hamilton Street
    Watertown, New York 13601

  • AUBURN -- Thursday, January 29, 3-5pm*
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County
    248 Grant Avenue, Suite I
    Auburn, NY 13021-1495

  • EAST AURORA - Wednesday, February 4, 3-5pm*
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County
    21 Grove Street
    East Aurora, NY 14052-2345

  • CANANDAIGUA -- Thursday, February 5, 3-5pm*
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
    480 North Main Street
    Canandaigua, NY 14424

*An optional discussion and networking session will be held from 5-6pm, following each of the workshops.

Please register!
There is no cost to attend these workshops but pre-registration is required with NY Sea Grant at sgoswego@cornell.edu or 315-312-3042.

DRAFT workshop agenda:
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda
    • Implementation plan
    • Funding approach and opportunities
  • Strategies to Move Forward
    • Design and operation of regional workgroups
  • Optional: A networking reception will be held from 5-6pm

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.