Currents, a NY Coastlines E-supplement - Spring 2013
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New York Sea Grant Responds to Superstorm Sandy
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has played a role in providing sound information to managers and stakeholders in a timely way.

NYSG has long supported fundamental research on the environmental causes and effects of extreme weather events by funding the Stony Brook University Storm Surge Research Group. After the storm, NYSG responded nimbly by funding several important new research projects. The extension staff of NYSG, specialists who work directly with stakeholders, are helping to survey the extent of Sandy’s devastating reach on coastal businesses.

Here's a sample of how we're responding More>

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  • [+ NYSG Networks at Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Conference, Talks Post-Sandy Efforts (April 2013) More>]

  • [+ NYSG Provides $50K for Two Research Projects in Wake of Superstorm Sandy (March 2013) More>]

  • [+ NOAA Programs, FEMA Educate During March 2013's National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 2013) More>]

  • [+ More on hurricane education and severe storm preparedness:]

2013 Clean and Safe Boating Campaign Launches More>
From the Central New York Boat Show in mid-Febrary through the summer months, the 2013 Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign educates boaters about all the gear required and recommended for legal, safe and environmentally-friendly boating on New York's waters. "Our focus in 2013 is also on educating anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts about how to be safe on the water and how they can help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species," says campaign developer NYSG Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White.

New York Sea Grant and SUNY “Systemness”—The whole is more than the sum of its parts More>
For the second annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference sponsored by the State University of New York (SUNY), New York Sea Grant was invited to present a poster that shows how its program exhibits “systemness” by interacting with other campuses in the SUNY system.

Seeking Teachers to Become Long Island Sound Mentors More>
Meet NYSG's new Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator, Amy Boyajian, who is now accepting applications for four mentor teachers for this year's Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher program in New York. Pairs of teachers from each of the following grade level subsets are encouraged to apply: K-8 and 9-12. Each grade level specific pair will work together to plan and execute a professional development session for their peers that will be conducted in NY.

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.

NYSG's Extension Specialists Honored for Excellence in 2012 More>
Last Fall, two of New York Sea Grant's own were honored for excellence by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Extension Network. These acknowledged efforts added to that of a handful of other NYSG specialists who received their own recognitions within the year.

Upcoming Events:

April 11: State of Lake Erie Meeting (Hamburg, NY) More>
New York Sea Grant unveils its new Lake Erie fact sheet at the 2013 State of Lake Erie meeting, which the program is co-hosting on Thursday, April 11. The event, which includes fisheries updates from NYSDEC, USFWS and other partners, is free to attend.

April 13:
Great Lakes Seaway Trail Blue Byway Seminar (Dunkirk, NY)
This is the first time a Great Lakes Seaway Trail underwater history and tourism program seminar has come to the Lake Erie region and the first program in the series to feature a presentation on snorkeling and freediving.

April 27
: NYSG Urging Take Back Day Participation to Help Keep Drugs Out of Great Lakes (State-wide)
Learn more on how easy it is to properly dispose of unwanted and unused medicines, including veterinary drugs, to help keep pharmaceuticals out of New York's waterways, including the Great Lakes.

April 28:
NYSMEA Marine Science Activity Workshop (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Teachers and educators in the metro-New York area will have another opportunity to share classroom curricula ideas during this half-day workshop.

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  • [+ NYSG's Earth Day-Minded "Green Tips for Coastal Living" More>]
    April's Earth Day serves as a good reminder for our "Green Tips for Coastal Living" - from recreational activities such as clean and safe boating to everyday practices to seafood safety. So, Spread the word and educate your family, friends, and neighbors about ways they can help protect the waters of New York, from the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound to Lakes Ontario and Erie and all points in between.

May 15
: "Living Shorelines for Coastal Erosion Protection in a Changing World" Workshop (Hauppauge, NY)
This NYSG workshop is designed to provide attendees—government officials, coastal mangers and planners, shoreline property owners, marine contractors and consultants, NGOs and others interested in coastal erosion management—with practical information on the use of living shorelines as an erosion control alternative. The focus will be on smaller scale projects that have erosion protection as the primary objective.

July 6-13: Lake Ontario Lake Guardian Workshop 2013 (Around NY's Lake Ontario basin) More>
Fifteen 4th-10th grade teachers and non-formal educators will be selected from around the Great Lakes basin for the cruise aboard the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's 180-foot research vessel R/V Lake Guardian for this week-long Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop.


NYSG's 2012 Extension Success Stories More>
The success of these outreach projects—made possible by collaborating with national, state, regional, and local partners—shows how Sea Grant’s depth of programming can benefit NY’s shoreline regions and have a profound impact on its coastal communities and economies.

Sea Grant Educates on Key Steps in the Fight Against Great Lakes Type E Botulism More>
A recently-released manual by the Great Lakes Sea Grant network (NYSG is a member) has generated awareness and provides information to both beach managers and the general public regarding Type E botulism and how to control its spread throughout the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes basin has undergone a resurgence of Type E (or avian) botulism in recent years, characterized by dead birds and fish along the shores of the Great Lakes. The number of deaths and areas affected appear to be increasing to levels that induce concern about the ecological health of the Great Lakes nearshore waters.

New Report Tracks Health of Long Island Sound More>
How does Long Island Sound measure up? Find out by downloading the Sound Health 2012 report. The report looks at indicators of the Sound’s health in the  areas of water quality, coastal and animal populations, climate, habitats, and land use.

Making the Grade: Biennial Report Details 'The State of Sea Grant 2012' More>
In the last two years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s National Sea Grant College Programs across the country have created or retained over 3,800 jobs and 630 businesses, trained 450 coastal communities on hazard resiliency, supported nearly 1,950 undergraduate and graduate students to develop a diverse, highly qualified workforce. Submitted to Congress every two years by the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), this report features detailed information about each program's education, research, and outreach achievements, as well as short- and long-term goals for future action.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan More>
New York Sea Grant joins other Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant programs to identify the region's key ocean research needs. The four-year project is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Sea Grant Regional Initiative.

News Archive:

Volunteers Pitch in at LISS-designated Stewardship Areas More>
Last Summer and Fall, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Long Island Sound Study held four volunteer events around the Sound at recreationally- and ecologically-important LISS-designated Stewardship Areas.

New York Sea Grant Relocates Great Lakes Office at SUNY Oswego More>
We've relocated into new office space at The State University of New York at Oswego. Catch up with some of the topics our specialists there focus on. These specialists work with anglers, boaters and marina owners, coastal communities, aquatic invasive species and more.

New York Sea Grant to Assist Four Great Lakes Restoration Initiatives More>
Two of NYSG's award-winning educators are key partners in several of four new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects.

Mount Sinai Wins Bay Scallop Bowl—Again: 12th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl at Stony Brook University More>
At February 2013's Bay Scallop Bowl, 16 teams from around the state faced a day of quick answer buzzer questions and thought-provoking team challenge questions about the marine environment

Sea Grant Supports Cornell CALS 'From Farm to Fork' NYC Event More>
At the late-January 2013 event, NYSG staff unveiled the program's new poster on "Rethinking the Seafood Industry: Building Economic Resilience in Coastal Communities." The poster is filled with healthy eating tips and suggestions on how to shop local as well as topical NYSG-funded research projects and education efforts.

NYSG Specialist Moderates Clean Marina Roundtable at January 2013 International Marina Industry Conference More>
The Clean Marina Roundtable session at the 2013 IMBC offered marina operators the opportunity to share best management practices and to participate in mutual issues discussion.

New York Volunteers Augment Restoration’s Success in Southern Louisiana More>
As featured in Louisiana's WaterMarks magazine, NOAA Coastal Services magazine and reported by several media outlets: To learn about wetland loss in southern Louisiana and how it relates to the habitat loss occurring in New York, a group of 14 educators traveled to the Bayou State in late February 2012 to rebuild habitats devastated by recent natural and man-made events. This was the second time in as many years that such a trip was planned.

Web Extras for this issue include:

  • Sea Grant Programs and US EPA Long Island Sound Study Award $708,308 for Long Island Sound Research More>

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