NYSG Offers Green Tips for Coastal Living

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Oswego, Buffalo, Stony Brook, and Riverhead, NY, May 3, 2011 - You can protect New York’s waters from the Great Lakes Ontario and Erie to Long Island Sound and all points in between with New York Sea Grant’s “Green Tips for Coastal Living.” These tips are for everyone - from anglers and boater to marina operators, beach and seafood enthusiasts, and prescription drug users.

Recreational anglers will learn ways to engage urban residents in the fun of fishing, while commercial anglers will learn tips for safety at sea.

There are tips for those who love to cook and eat fish, and those who process seafood.

Homeowners will find tips for organic care of lawns and gardens. “People don’t realize that anything they dump on the ground, such as pesticides, lawn fertilizers or cigarette butts will end up in Long Island Sound”, says Larissa Graham, NYSG's Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator.

The tips include conservation measures for protecting vital resources in both New York’s Great Lakes region as well as the State’s estuarine waters, particularly those of Long Island Sound and along the Hudson River.

"New York Sea Grant’s ‘Green Tips for Coastal Living’ provide valuable information in a concise, ready-to-use manner. For example, “We offer practical measures to help boaters and marina operators enhance their environmentally-friendly practices to minimize potential sources of pollution on the water and at the docks,” says New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White, Oswego, NY.

“The ‘Green Tip’ for the Disposal of Unwanted Medicines is an excellent way to promote discussions about easy-to-understand actions that respond to a critical environmental need,” says New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske, Buffalo, NY. “The immediate take-home message of ‘Don’t flush unwanted or unused medicines; watch your local news for take-back events’ is coupled with a hotlink to details on why and how to protect our waters from the chemicals in everyday and prescription medicines.”

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a statewide network of integrated research, education, and extension services promoting the coastal economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness about the State's marine and Great Lakes resources, is currently in its 40th year of "Bringing Science to the Shore."  NYSG, one of 32 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a cooperative program of the State University of New York and Cornell University.

The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.

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