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Great Lakes Coastal Processes and Erosion - Press Release

July 22 Workshop in Ogdensburg, Includes Tour of Fort La Presentation Site as a Living Demonstration 


Roy Widrig, Great Lakes Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist, E: rlw294@cornell.edu, P: (315) 312-3042

Ogdensburg, NY, June 30, 2022 - New York Sea Grant (NYSG), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Department of State, Save The River, and St. Lawrence County Planning Department, will hold a Working with Nature to Protect the St. Lawrence River Shoreline Workshop (click to register) on July 22, 2022 at the Dobisky Community Center, 100 Riverside Avenue in Ogdensburg, New York. 

These workshops provide riverfront property owners, contractors, and environmental practitioners the opportunity to learn how to work with nature to protect the St. Lawrence River shoreline from NYSG Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist Roy Widrig and speakers from the cooperating agencies and nonprofit environmental organization. Information will be presented on shoreline erosion processes, natural and nature-based features (NNBF) for addressing erosion issues, project permitting, and a short field trip to the nearby Fort La Presentation riverfront location featuring nature-based remediation accomplished with New York State Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative funds. 

This low-wave energy location along the St. Lawrence River with a collapsed, man-made wall is suitable for applying natural and nature-based features for shoreline erosion management.

“We are pleased to participate in the July 22nd workshop with the opportunity to showcase the nature-based response to restore the natural and historic character of the Fort’s once-militarily strategic and now-economically important riverfront location,” said Fort La Presentation Association President Barbara O’Keefe

Funding for the workshop has been provided by the DEC. The workshop is free, however, registration is requested by July 15, 2022, online or call 315-312-3042 for assistance.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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