Coastal Community Development Program
Publications
An archive of publications related to past stewardship efforts can also be found under the "Publications" section of NYSG's Great Lakes Sand Dunes and Wetlands Web site.


Reports, Brochures, Rack Cards


Clean Boats, Clean Waters. Rack Card. 2013. Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY; Brittney Rogers, NYSG Launch Steward (pdf) [1.5 MB file]

2013 NYSG Launch Steward Program Final Report. 2013. Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY. | 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.


Lake Ontario Watershed Basin Forum: Community Visioning Workshop Series. Summary Report. 2013. Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY. 67 pp. (pdf) [3 MB file]
The Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance and New York Sea Grant partnered to plan and execute a series of 6 workshops in late September 2012 - primarily in Lake Ontario shoreline communities - to gather the opinions and input of stakeholders in regards to the health of the lake and its watershed, priority projects for implementation and additional needs/concerns in these communities. Funding for these Lake Ontario visioning workshops was obtained by the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program.


Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers. Brochure. 2012. Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY. (pdf)
This brochure provides boaters with how-to tips for slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and profiles for some AIS of concern (Hydrilla, round goby, didymo and Eurasian watermilfoil). Included is a convenient checklist, schematic, and inspection and disposal tips that can be used to guide boaters through watercraft inspection for AIS.


Lake Ontario: Maps, Facts and Figures. 2011. Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance / New York Sea Grant. Booklet. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY. 28pp. (pdf) [13.2 MB file]


The Saint Lawrence River Valley. 2006. New York Sea Grant. Booklet. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Oswego, NY. 48pp.


Articles

See "Workforce Development & Volunteerism - Launch Stewards Program" page for 2011-2014 publications


Other Fact Sheets

Impacts of Development on Waterways: Linking Land Use to Water Quality. Keenan, E.  2006. New York Sea Grant Fact Sheet. New York Sea Grant Extension Program, Stony Brook, NY. 2pp. (pdf)

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