Focus Areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
Coastal Communities, Habitat Restoration & Water Quality

Development of New York’s marine, Hudson River and Great Lakes coasts has put tremendous pressure on wetlands, estuaries and other coastal habitats and, as a result, on coastal biological resources.  Through its research and extension programs, New York Sea Grant seeks to gain a scientific understanding of the processes involved in habitat degradation and to educate coastal decision makers about how such processes can be influenced by restoration activities to support sustainable coastal development.

Urban and developed coasts especially provide focal points for magnification of anthropogenic influences on water quality such as chemical and biological contaminants, nutrients and sediments from dredging. Long Island Sound, the Great South Bay and the New York and Buffalo Harbors epitomize such coasts.  New York Sea Grant provides education on Best Management Practices for handling non-point source pollution and help local governments and citizens make wise choices about alternative coastal resource uses based on the comparative impacts of anthropogenic structures, operations and activities on water quality.

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