Living with Ever-Changing Lake Ontario Dunes Public Workshop June 18
Coastal Community Development Program - Press Release

Weather Trends, Storm Preparedness Resources, Channel Management and More


Mary Austerman, New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist, P: 315-312-3042, E:

Kara Lynn Dunn, Publicist, P: 315-465-7578, E:

Trees at the Elms Golf Course located along Lake Ontario in Oswego County were blown over by a June 2008 storm.

Oswego, NY, May 29, 2015 - Living with the Ever-Changing Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes is the topic for a public information meeting to be held Thursday, June 18 from 6pm to 9pm at Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 Route 3, Pulaski, NY.

The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Coalition, New York Sea Grant, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are sponsoring the program.  

The event is free to the public.

Representatives of the National Weather Service, Oswego County Emergency Management, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, and New York Sea Grant will present information on a variety of projects and interests impacting the 17-mile ecosystem that stretches along Lake Ontario in Oswego and Jefferson counties.

The agenda includes presentations on:

  • Weather-related research currently underway
  • The North Sandy Pond Channel Inlet Study
  • Past, Present and Future Weather Trends for the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands area
  • Preparing Yourself for Extreme Weather Events
Workshop visitors will have the opportunity to visit information stations staffed by representatives of the New York State Department of State, New York State Parks, NYSDEC, the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Coalition, Oswego County Department of Health, St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, and New York Sea Grant to learn more about such topics as:
  • Healthy septic system maintenance
  • How to be a Climate Smart Community
  • Invasive species
  • Resources for coastal property owners    
  • Tools for community planners
  • Watercraft inspection

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served in the enclosed pavilion at the park. For more information, contact New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Austerman at 315-312-3042.

Tree and Telephone: Storm damage at a Sandy Pond cottage. Photo courtesy of Ron and Emmi Fisher

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.

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