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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:

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For brochures, fact sheets, articles, reports and more from the Launch Stewards, see the "Publications" section of this Coastal Community Development site.


Workshops Address Future Lake Ontario Weather Extremes in NY More>>
  • Final Report: Future Scenarios (December 2015) (pdf)

  • Process Report:  Future Scenarios (April 2016) (pdf)

Storm Stories of Eastern Lake Ontario, North Sandy Pond Needed More>
May 21-22, 2015 Public Listening Sessions to Help Create First-Ever Climatology Resource for Lake Ontario, Will Inform Channel Management Planning


NY Sea Grant Adds Coastal Processes, Watercraft Inspection Training Staff More>
Two new positions housed at Wayne County Cooperative Extension, Newark, NY


Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Leaders Workshop Set for May 1, 2015 More>


NYSG Partners for Workshop Series Examining NYSDEC Great Lakes Action Agenda More>
  • NYSDEC and NY Sea Grant Announce $89K in Grants for Great Lakes Basin Projects More>

Launch Stewards Serve Up Another Season of Educating Boaters on Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention More>
For a period of about 16 weeks beginning around Memorial Day 2014, eight New York college students interested in environmental science careers worked with our program's Launch Steward initiative to demonstrate watercraft inspection at various sites along Lake Ontario's eastern shoreline. "The stewards provide this voluntary service for operators of motorized and non-motorized boats and share information on the easy-to-implement Clean, Drain, Dry method that boaters can use to help slow the spread of numerous aquatic invasive species," said New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney, who serves as the Launch Steward Program Coordinator.
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    New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook More>

    Background on this Handbook More>

On YouTube: Two NY Sea Grant Educators Receive Awards at Great Lakes Network Meeting More>
New York Sea Grant's Coastal Community Development Specialist, Mary Penney, and Coastal Education Specialist, Helen Domske, are recipients of awards voted on by Sea Grant-ers from programs in the nine Great Lakes states. Also shared at this June 2014 Sea Grant conference was the latest regional news on invasive species partnerships as well as impacts from the harmful algae blooms that have been cropping up around the Great Lakes. 


On Air:  New Survey Hopes to Boost Oswego County Tourism Industry More>
In early 2014, New York Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations and several other Oswego County groups launched a comprehensive survey pilot program to better understand the area's recreation and tourism industry.


2014 NYSG Waterfront Launch Stewards Educating Boaters on Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention More>
Student stewards in 2014's Launch Stewards program to provided watercraft inspection training and public outreach to boaters at select launch ramps along Lake Ontario's eastern shores.


2013 NYSG Launch Steward Program Final Report | PDF
The main goal of this program is to prevent/slow down the spread of aquatic hitchhikers as well as educate boaters and the general public about aquatic invasive species and the detrimental effects they have on the ecosystems they are introduced to. For a period of 16 weeks beginning around Memorial Day, the seven launch stewards worked at boat launches in New York's Wayne, Oswego, Jefferson, Oneida Onondaga and Madison counties. They also also attended eight additional background training events and contributed to 18 outreach events.

The highest trafficking seen was during July and August as the temperatures were most ideal for boating. Optional surveys were performed at the launches with boaters, collecting data on subjects including, but not limited to, invasive species awareness, previous water bodies and preventative methods. The data collected is used to help determine awareness of invasive species and this program. It is also used to determine how the invasive species are currently being spread.


Connecting in with New York's Coastal Communities
Launched in 2011, New York Sea Grant's Coastal Community Development Program currently drives forward with its efforts under a single commonality: New York Great Lakes coastal communities depend on healthy ecosystems for their economic vitality. "Things like changing weather patterns, invasives species, population growth and recreational pressure are potential threats to natural resources, which often drive regional economics," says NYSG's Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney. "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."
  • NYSG and SUNY Oswego Launch Business Retention and Expansion Pilot Program in Oswego County More>
    As announced earlier this year, nearly 600 recreation and tourism businesses in Oswego County have an opportunity to help local and county leaders and residents better understand the issues facing locally-owned businesses in today’s economy. In mid-May, it was announced that the deadline was extended through the end of the month to return surveys related to this pilot program.

  • On YouTube: Sea Grant's Launch Stewards and Related Programs Help Prevent Invasive Species' Spread More>
    We're just getting underway with 2014's Launch Stewards program. As in previous years, this year's student-stewards will provide watercraft inspection training and public outreach to boaters at select launch ramps along Lake Ontario between Henderson Harbor and Sodus Bay and on Oneida Lake. For more, check out some of last year's steward-written publications on reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species. You can find these stories under "NYSG 2013 Launch Stewards Program News" at www.nyseagrant.org/ccdstewards.

  • On YouTube: NYSG's Watercraft Inspection How-To Video More>
    In this nearly 7 minute video, NYSG's launch stewards illustrate how you can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species while enjoying your recreational time on New York's waters.

How Nesting Birds Avoid Predators More>
In this colorful fact sheet, NYSG teamed up with birding experts to describe some of the strategies birds use to protect themselves from their natural predators.


Waterfront Launch Steward Program Needs College Students in 7-County Area More>
NYSG is looking to hire college and graduate students to serve as 2014 Launch Stewards at waterfront venues in Cayuga, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and Wayne counties.


NYSG and SUNY Oswego Launch Business Retention and Expansion Pilot Program in Oswego County More>
Nearly 600 recreation and tourism businesses in Oswego County will have an opportunity to help local and county leaders and residents better understand the issues facing locally-owned businesses in today’s economy.


NYSG Specialists and Sea Grant Network Campaigns Lauded for Their Successes More>
From a Visionary Career Leadership Award to Two Top 100 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Success Stories, New York Sea Grant specialists were acknowledged this year for their work in maintaining seafood safety standards and keeping pharmaceuticals, personal care products and invasive species out of New York's waterways.


On YouTube: NYSG's Launch Stewards Educate on Aquatic Invasives in New York's Great Lakes Region More>
While at any of over a dozen launch sites in a number of eastern Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and surrounding inland river counties this past summer, New York Sea Grant's Launch Stewards offered voluntary watercraft inspection education to motorized and non-motorized boaters. They also produced a series of articles, took part in volunteer events such as a water chestnut weed pull and wrote for a blog to better inform recreational users how they, too, can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.


On YouTube: NYSG's Watercraft Inspection How-To Video More>
In this nearly 7 minute video, NYSG's launch stewards illustrate how you can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species while enjoying your recreational time on New York's waters.


On YouTube: Comment Sought On Invasive Species Proposals More>
As NYSG's Recreation/Tourism Specialist Dave White tells the newscasters at Watertown's WWNY-TV 7 News This Morning studios, New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing regulations to help control invasive species. Also see White discuss the topic on Your News Now via NYSG's news item, "On YouTube: NYSDEC to Host Hearings on Invasive Species Regulations."


On Air: Asian Carp Could Pose Real Threat to Great Lakes Ecosystem More>
As NYSG specialists shared with WRVO Radio recently, bighead and silver carp have been detected very close to the Great Lakes, so the risk of a flood introducing them into the lakes is always present.


On YouTube: Hydrilla Plants Invade Western NY; Invasive Species Found in North Tonawanda Waterways More>
What has helped Hydrilla, an aquatic plant native to Asia, proliferate in Western New York's waterways? Banned in some parts of the U.S., this Federally-designated noxious weed is still popular with aquarium owners who use is it until it overgrows fish tanks. NYSG's Helen Domske shares her thoughts in this YNN spotlight story and video clip.


New Launch Stewards Blog Covers Waterfront from Sodus Bay to Oneida Lake More>


On YouTube: Volunteers battle water chestnut growth in Oswego County More>
As seen on YNN TV, a group of volunteers, including members of NYSG's Waterfront Launch Steward Program, gathered in Oswego County one Saturday morning in mid-July 2013 to help battle this invasive species that has taken over several bodies of water in that area.


What is That on My Line & How Do I Report It? More>


Help Prevent AIS Spread BEFORE We Pay for Their Management More>


Can We Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers? Here’s How More>


Brochure/Rack Card: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! / Clean Boats, Clean Waters More>
This eight-panel brochure and two-panel rack card provide boaters with how-to tips for slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and profiles for some AIS of concern.


Lake Ontario Ecosystem Public Forums in Rochester, Oswego in August 2013 More>


Water Chestnut Control: Start Early and Continue; Pull Set for July 13, 2013 at Port Ontario More>


A Glance at the Aquatic Profile of Sodus Bay: Learn More at June 22, 2013 Citizen Science Expo in Sodus Point More>


NY Sea Grant Waterfront Launch Steward Program Expanding for 2013 More>
The summer steward program coordinated by NYSG is expanding from Jefferson and Oswego counties to include waterfront sites in Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Wayne counties.


Students Wanted as New York Sea Grant Launch Stewards More>
We're looking for a few good college and graduate students to spend the 2013 summer (May-Sept) outdoors as Launch Stewards at venues in Wayne, Cayuga, Oswego and Jefferson counties, including on Sodus Bay, Henderson Harbor, Oneida Lake, and the Salmon River Reservoir. Application deadline is ongoing until positions are filled.


New York Sea Grant Relocates Great Lakes Office at SUNY Oswego More>


New Great Lakes Coastal Stewardship How-To Resources More>
NYSG’s new Great Lakes coastal stewardship how-to resources focus on slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York State.


Public Invited to Lake Ontario Visioning Workshops September 24-29, 2012 More>


On Air: College students help fight invasive species More>


On YouTube: Discover Better Boating - NYSG's Invasive Species Launch Steward Program More>


New NY Sea Grant Launch Stewards Now Along Local Lakes and Salmon River More>


NYSG and Other Volunteers Make a Dent in Invasive Water Chestnut Plants More>


Students Needed for Spring - Fall 2012 Aquatic Invasive Species Resource & Watercraft Inspection Program More>


NYSG's Aquatic Invasive Species Education Series: Native or Invasive? More>


NYSG Programs on Slowing the Spread of Aquatic Invaders More>


NYSG's New Aquatic Invasive Species Education Program More>

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