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New York State Great Lakes Restoration Projects Detailed in NYSDEC 2016-2018 Report

The U.S. EPA research vessel Lake Guardian at the Port of Rochester. Credit: NYSDEC.
The U.S. EPA research vessel Lake Guardian at the Port of Rochester. Credit: NYSDEC.

(April 25, 2019) New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) published its 2016-2018 Great Lakes Program Progress Report (PDF) in late March. The report highlights important efforts and achievements of New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda and how NYSDEC and its partners have been successful in protecting and improving the Great Lakes.

DEC staff insert an acoustic telemetry tag into a muskellunge. Credit: NYSDEC.

NYSDEC and partners used GLRI funding for several activities included in the report including green infrastructure beach projects that reduced beach closures by capturing runoff. GLRI also backed the development of Nine Element watershed management plans in New York’s portion of Lake Erie. These plans outline a strategy to improve water quality in the Lake Erie watershed. GLRI supported Lake Erie fish monitoring programs that have helped inform management decisions to protect fish populations. GLRI also aided NYSDEC and partners’ boat inspections and outreach programs, which show how, when applied correctly, boat cleaning practices are effective in combating the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes.