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Final Sportfishing Restoration & Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System

The purpose of this Plan is to describe the use of funds from the settlement of a major natural resource damages (NRD) claim. More specifically, it describes projects selected to restore injuries to sportfishing in the New York waters of the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River (hereafter referred to as the Lake Ontario system). This Plan also describes the public role in its development and provides reasons why some proposed projects are unlikely to be implemented.

This Plan has been prepared by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) in its capacity as Trustee for New York's natural resources. The geographic scope of the area addressed extends from the base of Niagara Falls, through Lake Ontario and downstream to the Robert Moses Power Dam on the St. Lawrence River, and includes tributaries to these waters upstream to the first barrier impassable to fish.

The Sportfishing Restoration & Spending Plan (PDF) (107 KB) is available here or can be obtained from NYSDEC. Annual project implementation updates for the projects listed in the Plan can be found on the Lake Ontario Fisheries Unit Reports page.

Report Table of Contents

Section I. Background
Basis of Claim
Description of Injury
Restoration Strategies
The Draft Restoration Plan
Public Participation

Section II. Project Selection
Project Evaluation Process
Project Lists

  1. Projects Selected for Funding
  2. Other Scored Projects
  3. Rejected

Section III. Implementation
Project Implementation
Public Notice

Section IV. Approvals

Section V. Appendices

Appendix A. Public Participation Plan for the Development of the Sportfishing Restoration and Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System. (presented as a separate 74 KB pdf document).

Appendix B. Public meeting summaries

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