New York's Great Lakes
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Sections on this page: General Information | Lake Erie | Lake Ontario

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Great Lakes- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Information on the Great Lakes watershed area and DEC’s Great Lakes programs.

Great Lakes- Environmental Protection Agency
This site provides information about efforts to keep the lakes clean for the people, animals, and plants that depend on them.

Great Lakes Water Levels- Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Great Lakes water levels are continuously monitored by U.S. and Canadian federal agencies in the region through a bi-national partnership. NOAA-GLERL relies on this water level data to conduct research on components of the regional water budget and to improve predictive models. 

Great Lakes Research Consortium
The Great Lakes Research Consortium is an organization of 18 colleges and universities in New York, with nine affiliate campuses in Ontario, dedicated to collaborative research and education on the Great Lakes. With nearly a 400 member faculty, who are conducting research in every facet of Great Lakes science.

Great Lakes Literacy
GLL strives to develop a Great Lakes-literate public capable of effectively contributing to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes National Program Office- Environmental Protection Agency
The Great Lakes National Program Office coordinates U.S. efforts with Canada under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem, which includes Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.

Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council
Advises DEC regarding New York's role in regional, federal, and international water quality issues, and functions as a link between the government and the public.

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is a commitment between the United States and Canada to restore and protect the waters of the Great Lakes. The Agreement provides a framework for identifying binational priorities and implementing actions that improve water quality. EPA coordinates U.S. activities under the Agreement.

Division of Water- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The Division conducts a variety of programs to protect and conserve New York's waters. On this page you will find information about the Division's programs and recent activities.

International Joint Commission
The IJC prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective adviser to the two governments.  


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Lake Erie- Great Lakes Information Network
The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America. GLIN offers a wealth of data and information about the region's environment, economy, tourism, education and more. 

Lake Erie Forum
Lake Erie LaMP participants have identified ecosystem goals and objectives and assessed the state of lake. Through the development of issue related strategies, the LaMP will identify actions required to restore and protect the lake and evaluate the effectiveness of those actions. The Lake Erie LaMP is coordinated by a committee of water quality natural resource managers from both Canada and the United States, with participation from federal, provincial, state and local governments that have a role in implementation.

Lake Erie- Lakewide Management Plans Environmental Protection Agency
A Lakewide Management Plan (LAMP) is a plan of action to assess, restore, protect and monitor the ecosystem health of a Great Lake. It coordinates the work of all the government, tribal, and non-government partners working to improve the Lake ecosystem. A public consultation process ensures that the LAMP is addressing the public's concerns.

Lake Erie Bathymetry- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Bathymetry of Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair has been compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data and make it more accessible. This project is a cooperative effort between investigators at the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center's Marine Geology and Geophysics Division, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
A brief overview of this watershed and its water quality is presented below. For more detailed information about the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed, published NYSDEC reports are also available.


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Eastern Lake Ontario- The Nature Conservancy
Delicate sand dunes stretch 17 miles along the coast of Lake Ontario, cradling a fragile mosaic of lakeshore beach, flats and wetlands. The Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands system is the only freshwater barrier-beach formation in New York and is an important staging area for migratory birds and other unique species.

Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands
Discover more about this fascinating coastal environment, including it's flora and fauna, the trails and boat routes available, and how you can help protect this area. If you are interested in educational activities, check out the Dune Fun and the Activities for Learning More pages. For more technical information about the dunes and wetlands, visit the reference and publications pages.

Eastern Lake Ontario Conservation Initiative; Barrier Dune Protection- Environmental Protection Agency
For both the coastal barrier and limestone barrens systems, the Nature Conservancy developed and improved their understanding of underlying natural processes and conducted full-scale conservation planning. Great Lakes National Program Office support has also allowed them to broaden and deepen working relationships with public and private partners. To achieve long-term conservation of both of these unique systems, The Conservancy undertook the Eastern Lake Ontario Conservation Initiative in 1993. 

Lake Ontario Bathymetry- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The new bathymetry of Lake Ontario has been compiled as a component of the NOAA Great Lakes Data Rescue Project. This is the third in a series of five containing bathymetric data of the Great Lakes - following Lake Michigan (1996) and Lake Erie (1998).

Lake Ontario- Great Lakes Information Network
The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America. GLIN offers a wealth of data and information about the region's environment, economy, tourism, education and more. 

Lake Ontario- Lakewide Management Plans Environmental Protection Agency
A Lakewide Management Plan (LAMP) is a plan of action to assess, restore, protect and monitor the ecosystem health of a Great Lake. It coordinates the work of all the government, tribal, and non-government partners working to improve the Lake ecosystem. A public consultation process ensures that the LAMP is addressing the public's concerns.

Lake Ontario- Lakewide Management Plans New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) is a bi-national plan to protect and restore the health of Lake Ontario by addressing the chemical, biological and physical stressors affecting the lake. The LAMP guides the activities of these and other U.S. and Canadian federal, state, provincial, and tribal agencies by establishing ecosystem goals, objectives and indicators.

The State of the New York Lake Ontario Basin: A report on water resources and local watershed management programs- Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance
The objectives of this report were to examine the New York Lake Ontario Basin to determine the status of surface water resources, the scope and methods of watershed management at the local level, ways to advance resource-based watershed management programs and practices at the local level with regional benefits.



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