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Syracuse, NY; July 19, 2019. The Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has announced $121, 916.00 in grants for five projects. The selected projects are addressing the application of science to shoreline resiliency, wastewater treatment, methane gas release from wetlands, the impact of climate change on shoreline erosion, and the potential of invasive species to transfer mercury to fish species.

One of the projects includes a demonstration site in Wayne County. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, has received $25,000 for a project titled "Increasing Shoreline Erosion Resiliency Using Marine-Based Biopolymers."

The project includes a series of laboratory experiments followed by a field demonstration in Wayne County and full-scale performance monitoring over the different seasons. 

Sherif L. Abdelaziz, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University is leading the project that is testing the use of ecosystem-friendly and cost-effective marine-based biopolymers as a potential "soft" technique for increasing shoreline erosion resistance, restoration, and protection. Existing soil mixing techniques will be used to apply the biopolymer treatment.

The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lyons, NY, is a collaborator on the project.

Funding for the GLRC grants is provided through the NYS DEC from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act program.

To learn more about all five of the funded projects, visit the GLRC website at https://www.esf.edu/glrc/ .


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