Coastal Habitat Education
Current Projects

Non Point Source Pollution Education

Funding provided by NOAA through the National Sea Grant office is being used to initiate a new project in the New York Great Lakes focused on non point source pollution education with municipal officials.

The goal of this project is to work with municipal leaders in Northern New York along the St. Lawrence River to identify (and work to improve) non point source pollution problems. Appointed and elected municipal officials in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties are targeted for this project.

The immediate goal of this project is to understand the needs of these counties/municipalities in relation to non point source pollution. Working with the county Water Quality Coordinating Committees (WQCC), extension staff is investigating what information is needed and/or wanted by these counties/municipalities regarding non point source pollution control, and what these counties/municipalities are doing, and not doing, in the area of non point source pollution control.

Using the information collected from these WQCC meetings, and working with committee members, a "resource booklet" will be produced that informs county/municipal leaders of non point source pollution issues and special concerns in the St. Lawrence region. This booklet will be distributed to municipal leaders through a series of workshops. These workshops will be used to assess the municipal leaders' understanding of non point source pollution, their interest in further workshops and any additional information or resources they would like to attain.

Shoreline Stewardship Practices for Private Landowners

This project involves producing an educational packet aimed at increasing stewardship among private shoreland owners. The packet will include information about native plantings that abate erosion and enhance wildlife use, control of exotic species, non point source pollution abatement and wetland preservation. Private landowners will be invited to participate in one of three to five hands-on workshops directed at implementing the packet information. In addition to the packet, each landowner will be given a sample of native plant species for their own use. This project is funded by the Great Lakes National Program Office of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact Mary Penney,
Dune/River Steward Coordinator, for more information



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