New York Great Lakes coastal communities depend on healthy ecosystems for their economic vitality. Changing weather patterns, invasives species, population growth and recreational pressure are potential threats to natural resources, which often drive regional economics. With a number of stakeholder interests such as local governments, businesses, planners, resource managers an understanding of Great Lakes ecosystems can be complicated but vital in decision-making processes.
The NYSG revitalized Coastal Community Development Program launched in 2011. Pairing recent Great Lakes surveys and land use planning documents with local community needs assessment initial programming areas were identified as: