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New York Sea Grant Posts Impact Statements for Great Lakes and Marine District Projects
A sampling of results and impacts from recently completed New York Sea Grant's extension and education initiatives.
Ithaca, NY, March 17, 2017 - New York Sea Grant has issued a series of impact statements for 19 of its projects in 2016. Some of the key focus areas of these projects include: Seafood safety education; Promoting resiliency in coastal communities; Training watercraft inspectors on potential spread of aquatic invaders; Engaging minority youths in hands-on science; and Improving universal access to waterfront recreation.
The project profiles complete with partners and funding sources for this year are below; Content for previous years can be found at www.nyseagrant.org/successstories.
Impact statement for projects statewide in New York and beyond:
Good Manufacturing Practices: Training the Food Industry (pdf)
In 2016, New York Sea Grant facilitated the completion by 514 individuals representing 33 U.S. states and 15 foreign countries of Good Manufacturing Practices training. The online course is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of food manufacturers, processors, wholesalers, distributors and storage workers.
HACCP Internet Training: Enhancing Seafood Safety (pdf)
In 2016, New York Sea Grant facilitated the completion of online Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point food safety training for seafood businesses by some 1,272 individuals from 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 11 foreign countries.
2016 Seafood Summit: A First for New York (pdf)
New York Sea Grant initiated a Seafood Summit to identify the key issues and concerns of seafood industry stakeholders as a foundation for developing research and extension programs that directly address current needs.
Impact statement for projects in New York’s marine district include:
First Climate Forum Held for NYC Coastal Communities (pdf)
This New York City-based Sea Grant co-sponsored Climate Forum series brings climate experts together with local decision-makers and community members to share perspectives and values as well as climate-related information and resources.
Marine Education in Minority Communities: Secrets of Great South Bay Marine Camp (pdf)
Outreach opportunities - including a special summer marine “mini camp” in Long Island's Western Suffolk County - have helped to engage minority youths in marine sciences classes and suggest alternate career choices.
Empowering Public Support for Local Seafood: Celebrating Grown on Long Island Day (pdf)
To encourage ongoing public support of local seafood in 2016, New York Sea Grant continued its partnership with organizers of the annual “Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day” farmers market at the Suffolk County Extension Farm, an event which saw participating by an estimated 1,200 people.
Advancing Universal Access to Waterfront Recreation Along the Hudson Estuary (pdf)
In recent years, New York Sea Grant has worked with multiple partners to increase Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant waterfront access along the 100 miles of shoreline on both sides of the Hudson River for people with disabilities and mobility issues.
NYSG Coastal Storm Education & Student Scholar Along NY’s Hudson Estuary (pdf)
In partnership with the NOAA Coastal Storms Program and Virginia Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant mentored 2016-2017 Mid Atlantic Coastal Storms Fellowship recipient Chris Nack. This regional fellowship supports graduate student research related to coastal resilience and the impacts of extreme weather events.
National Geographic Lauds Long Island Sound Stewards K-College Citizen Science Program (pdf)
New York Sea Grant’s Long Island Sound Stewardship Initiative protects ecologically, recreationally and economically important areas. To date, more than 3,800 K-college students have been engaged in this citizen science programming that has led to further restoration of important habitats in the Long Island Sound ecosystem.
Advancing Living Shorelines for New York State (pdf)
New York Sea Grant leads an ongoing effort to increase awareness of living shorelines, a broad term encompassing a range of shoreline stabilization techniques along estuaries, bays, tributaries, and other sheltered shorelines . . . made mostly of native material, incorporating vegetation or other living natural elements with harder shoreline structures such as oyster reefs, rock sills, or anchored wood. Through a series of presentations and advisement sessions with industry, government and private entities, Sea Grant provides technical information on the siting and design of these structures, identifying impediments to their use in New York.
Marinas’ Recovery from Sandy Continues (pdf)
Through 2016, New York Sea Grant has helped NY’s marinas obtain more than $10 million in post-Superstorm Sandy grants to rebuild and repair their facilities post-Sandy.
Impact statement for projects in New York’s Great Lakes district include:
NYSG Facilitates City-County Green Infrastructure Collaborative (pdf)
In 2016, New York Sea Grant helped establish a City of Rochester-Monroe
County Green Infrastructure Collaborative that will publish a localized
green infrastructure retrofit design and maintenance standards guidance
document in 2017. The document will help local leaders address
stormwater, flooding and water quality issues.
Applying Science to Understanding Crude Oil Transport in the Great Lakes and Beyond (pdf)
New York Sea Grant is helping concerned stakeholders better understand
the opportunities, risks, and hazards based on the best science and
technology associated with the transport of crude oil in the Great
Lakes, Lake Champlain and Hudson River watershed. The next workshop is
set for June 2017.
Standardizing Watercraft Inspection, Reducing AIS Impact (pdf)
New York Sea Grant is the leader in assisting established and increasing
numbers of new watercraft inspection steward programs statewide with
standardizing practices to increase public engagement in to slowing or
stop the introduction and transport of ecologically-harmful aquatic
invasive species via recreational boating equipment. New resources
coming in 2017.
Informed Shoreline Management Planning (pdf)
A New York Sea Grant-led tour provided local leaders the opportunity to see the types of shoreline management projects, from vegetative to structural approaches, permissible in New York State (Wayne County), with valuable science-based details on design, permitting, costs, and implementation to inform decision-making by citizens’ groups and a 25-county coalition.
Enhancing Lake Ontario Climatology to Build Resiliency (pdf)
In 2016, New York Sea Grant worked with key partners to assess long-term
risks associated with historic storm impact events to build a
first-ever climatology baseline for two critical geographic areas along
eastern Lake Ontario Sodus Bay and the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and
Wetlands Area. This resource is Lake Ontario’s equivalent to tracking
Super Storm Sandy-type storms downstate.
NY Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange: Building Coastal Literacy (pdf)
A newly-launched New York Sea Grant Web site that integrate Great Lakes
Literacy Principles with classroom instruction and hands-on field
experiences provides a portal through which users can access resources
for K-12 schools and nature center programs throughout New York and across
NY Great Lakes Information Clearinghouse Now Online (pdf)
A newly-launched Web-based clearinghouse of information about the Great Lakes region of New York State, www.nyseagrant.org/nygreatlakes,
is the result of a partnership between New York Sea Grant and the New
York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Users of the portal
can access resources related to research projects, grants, New York’s
Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities and information on coastal
processes, ecosystems and habitats, fisheries, energy, education, Great
Lakes communities, coastal recreation and tourism, and water quality.
CurrentCast Radio/Podcasts: Education for NY Great Lakes Resilient Communities and Economies (pdf)
To educate and engage the public in water-based learning, New York Sea Grant funded and facilitated the production of 20 recorded “information bursts” and podcasts for Current Cast, a daily, 60-second syndicated radio series and podcast about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. Featured topics included: Invasive species, stormwater management,
shoreline protection, riparian restoration, flooding and erosion
prevention, wetlands protection, and green infrastructure in New York’s
Great Lakes basin.
More Info: New York Sea Grant
New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University
and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based
programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP
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. Through its statewide network of integrated
services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental
sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great
Lakes resources since 1971.
New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the
Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego.
In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University
and Stony Brook Manhattan, in the Hudson Valley through Cooperative
Extension in Kingston and at Brooklyn College.
For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG produces a monthly e-newsletter, "NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog. Our program also offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published 1-2 times a year.