Lake Erie: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Great Lakes Coastal Youth Education - Press Release

Sea Grant Specialist at Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center September 21


Francine Geyer, Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, E:, P: 716.308.9754

Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant, E:, P: 716.645.3610

New York Sea Grant Education Specialist Helen Domske, at right, leads periodic hands-on workshops for teachers aboard federal Great Lakes research vessels on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Photo: New York Sea Grant/Paul C. Focazio

Hamburg, NY, September 8, 2016 - The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center Speaker Series will feature a 7 pm presentation on Wednesday, September 21 on Lake Erie: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Helen Domske, Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University of Buffalo and Senior Education Specialist with New York Sea Grant Extension of Cornell University. Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Center at 4968 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg.

Domske, a 2016 Western New York Science Congress Distinguished Scientist, will begin with a look at the early history, fishery and ecology of Lake Erie and progress to the issues, including algal blooms and invasive species, facing this Great Lake today. She will offer a forecast of what the future might bring with new scientific developments and management steps underway.

Preserved aquatic specimens and artifacts will add a hands-on component to the free admission program sponsored by The Friends of the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center.

The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center serves as a tourism and visitors center for the western segment of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail system. It is a valuable resource enhancing knowledge of important historic, cultural, environmental, scenic and recreational resources in the immediate Hamburg area as well as the wealth of tourist and recreational opportunities in Erie and Niagara counties, the Southern Tier and the western Great Lakes Seaway Trail corridor region. The Center has incorporated a working aquatic lab and environmental conservation and education center with emphasis on the Lake Erie-Niagara River watershed.

Admission to the Center is free; donations are gratefully accepted at the door. For more information, visit the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center Facebook page, respond to the Facebook invite for this event or email

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: has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published several times a year.

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