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Shoreline Owners: NY Sea Grant Virtual Site Visit Offers Erosion Management Expertise

Need help with shoreline erosion? Water pooling in your yard or basement? Are waves impacting your breakwall or rock rip-rap?

Check out the new virtual shoreline visit website of New York Sea Grant's Great Lakes program at www.nyseagrant.org/glcoastalvirtualsitevisit.

Waterfront property owners in need of erosion management expertise can request a virtual site visit by New York Sea  Grant Great Lakes Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist Roy Widrig.There is no cost to use the new online resource that allows property owners to easily locate their property on a New York State map, describe erosion and flooding issues, and add photos of impacted areas.

Widrig, the author of Erosion Management for New York's Great Lakes Shoreline Guide, has held popular erosion management workshops for Lake Ontario property owners and visited properties to help landowners evaluate options to achieve better drainage, bluff stabilization, and use of nature-based features or traditional structures for erosion management.

"New York Sea Grant is pleased to make this online resource available to property owners to access Roy's expertise and to learn about options they can use to reduce current or future shoreline erosion," said Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Associate Director of New York Sea Grant and Assistant Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, N.Y.

New York Sea Grant is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York. It maintains Great Lakes offices in Oswego, Newark, and Buffalo. For more information on Great Lakes coastal processes and erosion:

Photos at top: Before and after photos of a Lake Ontario property with shoreline erosion issues remediated by an owner who utilized information and assistance from New York Sea Grant after attending a NYSG shoreline workshop in Webster, NY. Photo: Roy Widrig, New York Sea Grant.


"Virtually Together"

Normally, on a warm summer morning, 400 runners and walkers line up to start the race for Laurel House’s 5K.  The village is bustling; everyone is in place as the starting gun is fired.  You see smiling faces in team shirts and looks of determination from serious runners.   This year it will all look a little different.


Boating in NY in 2020: Top 10 Safety Reminders, New Resources

Newark, Buffalo, Oswego, N.Y.; April 23, 2020.  In mid-April, with boating opportunities opening up with some restrictions related to marina operations, social distancing, and sanitization, the Empire State Marine Trades Association, Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, and New York Sea Grant are providing resources to encourage people to boat in a socially responsible way. 

Be watchful for additional restrictions or new closures and follow CDC and New York State guidelines or restrictions for community safety. Call ahead to see if your boating destination is open. Do not use closed or crowded areas. If you are not feeling well or show any sign of illness or symptoms, safe home.

New York Sea Grant is reminding people of 10 tips to follow healthy, clean, safe and environmentally-friendly practices while socially distancing on boats at this time:

1.  Observe social distancing and disinfecting standards aboard your boat. Maintain social distancing from other boats and boaters in parking lots, at dock, fueling stations, and on the water. Do not share paddles or any hand-held safety, recreational or other equipment.

2.  File a float plan so someone onshore knows when and where you are going and when you are expected back. Call ahead to be sure your boat launch or marina destination is open.

3.  Know the rules of navigation. Brianna's Law will require all motorboat operators to complete a boating safety course; new age requirements began January 1, 2020. Online classes are available.

4.  Properly equip your vessel, be it a motorized boat, paddleboard, canoe, kayak. . . Check that all gear is working or up-to-date, e.g., lights, horn, fire extinguishers, flares, batteries, signal flags, first-aid kit, etc.

5.  Have and wear an approved life vest, preferably with a bright color that would be easily seen by emergency personnel.

6.  Check and assure weather and water conditions are safe before leaving, and check while on the water for any approaching weather system. Sites for information include  https://www.weather.gov/marine/
and https://glbuoys.glos.us/.
  7.  Have a properly-working means of communication, including a whistle, in case of emergency.

8.  Practice environmentally-responsible boating. Use a new bilge sock and fuel nozzle bib to prevent spills.

9.  Practice Clean, Drain, Dry before and after entering the water to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species.

10.  For Watercraft Inspection Program leaders, New York Sea Grant has enhanced access to new and standardized watercraft inspection program management tools on the redesigned New York State Invasive Clearinghouse website at http://nyis.info.

Links to New York State and marine industry resources include:
. Boating During COVID-19 

. Empire State Marine Trades Association   
. Boating Industries Association of Upstate NY
. New York State DEC Boating and Paddling
. NYS Parks Marine Services Bureau 

. New York Sea Grant.

Resources on DiscoverBoating.com offer the following points for attention:
.  Limit the people aboard to only those in your immediate household; no guests
.  No rafting up with other boats; no beaching your boat right next to someone else
.  Maintain distance at dock, when fueling, and on the water
.  Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after handling marina gates or fuel pump
.  Go right from your house to the boat and back, no unnecessary contact
.  Boat responsibly.

New York Sea Grant is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York.


Healthy Aging!

Mar 17 – Healthy Aging: On Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 PM, Healthy Aging Group at Books, ETC. Participants meet to discuss foods, health products and activities that promote staying young. The idea of the discussion is to encourage people to choose the best elements that will keep them healthy and happy. This program is free and open to the public. We will meet at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. If you have any questions, please respond by email books_etc@yahoo.com or phone John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116.



Mar 12 - Abundance Theory: On Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 PM, Abundance Theory at Books, ETC. Participants study how to practice positive thinking. They learn how to develop life habits that encourage success. These habits include setting goals and learning to manifest. Come and see the possibilities. This event is free and open to the public at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. For questions email books_etc@yahoo.com



Mar 5 – Abundance Support Group: On Thursday, March 5 at 5:00 pm, Abundance Support Group at Books, ETC. This group focuses on ways to increase positive thinking and good habits in our lives so that abundance will increase. This group is free and open to the public. For more information call 585-474-4116 or email at books_etc@yahoo.com.


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