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Sodus Bay in Focus for Great Lakes Research Consortium Grant Project

Sodus Bay; photo courtesy of Seaway Trail and John Griebsch
The first accurate means of assessing nitrogen leaching from shoreline septic systems is the goal of proof-of-concept trials that will be conducted at 12 locations along Sodus Bay in 2018.

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Syracuse, NY, has received a $20,611 grant from the Great Lakes Research Consortium to conduct the research. The project is one of five projects awarded funding by the consortium of 18 colleges and universities in New York State.

Funding for the Great Lakes Research Consortium grants is provided through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Environmental Protection Fund Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act program.

The five projects will address critical issues associated with pharmaceuticals, pollution and septic leaching; harmful algal bloom, and climate-related coastal resiliency. ESF received funding for two projects; the University at Buffalo received funding for two projects; and Syracuse University received funding for one project.

Dr. Mark A. Teece is the principal researcher for the project titled "Use of Nitrogen Isotopes as an Indicator of Septic Pollution to Sodus Bay." The work involves the testing of aquatic weeds for a natural biochemical signature indicating nitrogen accumulation. Water testing will measure caffeine levels as a septic output indicator. The metrics developed by this project are expected to apply to any waters, particularly those with aging septic systems along shore.

Project partners include Save Our Sodus, the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

For details on all the projects receiving the GLRC funding and for information on how the GLRC funds grants for student research, student travel to conference and workshops, and student internships, visit the website at www.esf.edu/glrc.


St. Mark's Annual Garden Faire

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Excuse the Route 88 dust and construction! St. Mark's annual Garden Faire will be open this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm- rain or shine! 


Great Lakes Action Agenda Grants Will Benefit Wayne County Communities

NY Sea Grant and DEC Award $200,000 to Projects to Enhance Community and Ecosystem Resiliency

Ithaca, N.Y.; May 4, 2018.  Wayne County communities will benefit from two grant awards recently announced by New York Sea Grant in partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning Commission, Rochester, NY, has received a $25,000 grant for a Post-Flood Recovery Building Workshop. Through a whole community-driven planning process, all stakeholder groups in the Sodus Point area can react to the 2017 flood and erosion event along Lake Ontario by identifying past, current, and future challenges and strengths based on infrastructure, environment, economy, tourism, and other community components. Actions to improve community resilience to future high and low water levels and to better integrate coastal resiliency efforts into local planning and management will be developed and prioritized.

The Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, has received $25,000 for a project titled Creating Community and Watershed Resiliency through Training and Technical Assistance. This project will offer two workshops to spur shoreline and upland communities toward implementing Ecosystem-based Management in community planning efforts, specifically to increase flood resiliency. Participants will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to cope with flooding events while maintaining ecosystem integrity and balancing the economic and social needs of their communities. Educational materials and resiliency financing plans will be developed in communities along the southern Lake Ontario shore in Wayne County.

Consistent with New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA), the projects are enhancing community and ecological resiliency throughout the watershed, while supporting water quality improvements and the restoration of native wildlife and habitats.

“These grant projects are part of New York’s ongoing commitment to strengthen the New York Great Lakes Basin environment and economy. For the third year in a row, Governor Cuomo has sustained the State’s Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million, supporting critical projects in the Great Lakes watershed and across the state, protecting and enhancing New York’s unmatched natural resources,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine E. Bunting-Howarth said, “These small grants address a broad range of opportunities to implement projects from Western New York to the St. Lawrence River region. Projects utilize living shoreline practices to protect property, enhance aquatic habitat, assess wastewater system upgrade options, and inform local stakeholders about resilience practices, while applying a comprehensive ecosystem-based management approach to benefit New York’s Great Lakes environmental and human communities and stakeholders.”

New York Sea Grant administers New York’s Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program, now in its fourth year of successfully funding projects that achieve goals of the GLAA, as identified by basin-wide stakeholders. The Program is a project of the state Environmental Protection Fund’s Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Program.  Grant projects support the goals of the Interim Great Lakes Action Agenda, a plan for applying ecosystem-based management to complex environmental problems in order to conserve, protect and enhance irreplaceable Great Lakes natural resources.

The 2018-2019 Great Lakes Basin Small Grant award recipients also include:
. Town of Greece, Greece, NY, $25,000: Waterfront Infrastructure Resiliency Assessment
. The Nature Conservancy, Rochester, NY, $25,000:  Salmon Creek/South Avenue Engineering Study
. City of Ogdensburg, Ogdensburg, NY, $25,000: Alternative Solutions for Managing Erosion: Engineered Solutions vs. Nature-Based Approach and the Implications for Access to Waterfront Recreation
. Onondaga Environmental Institute, Syracuse, NY, $24,987: Improving Aquatic Habitat Connectivity in the Onondaga Creek Watershed for Coldwater Species Restoration in the Face of a Changing Climate
. St. Lawrence County, Canton, NY, $25,000: Enhancing Shoreline Resilience Along the St. Lawrence River in St. Lawrence County; and
. Western New York Land Conservancy, East Aurora, NY, $25,000: Enhancing Ecosystem Integrity and Climate Resiliency by Restoring Rare Wetland Seep Ecosystems in the Niagara Gorge.

For more information on the Interim NYS Great Lakes Action Agenda, visit DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91881.html. For more information on the grant projects, go to http://www.nyseagrant.org/glsmallgrants.


Pultneyville Homecoming 2018 Raffle Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

Great PRIZES! Not to be missed!!
Need not be present to win! Drawing July 23, 2018
Click this link to be taken to on-line site to purchase tickets:  http://tix.w-phs.org/



Owner Jim Hartsen along with his late father, Arnold Hartsen, celebrated the Williamson Hardware's 50th anniversary in 1990.

The W-PHS invites you to come and hear Jim recount those 50 years and the ensuing 28 years of this many-faceted business at the 4 corners of Williamson, NY. 

The program takes place at the hardware on June 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM. As always the program is free and open to the public.


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