State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released the 2018-2020 progress report on the restoration and protection of New York’s Great Lakes resources.
Prepared every two years, the report highlights partnerships and achievements completed during the prior two years, including improving resilience to coastal and tributary flooding impacts, protecting source waters, and accelerating restoration initiatives in communities that have been historically and disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution, called Environmental Justice communities.
The 2018-2020 Great Lakes Program Report highlights recent achievements, including:
- Restoring habitats and recreational uses for Environmental Justice communities within the Rochester Embayment and Buffalo River Areas of Concern;
- Adapting to storms and flooding by building back smarter and enhancing the resilience of Great Lakes coastal communities through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $300 million Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, Resilient NY, and other initiatives;
- Improving and protecting critical water resources in waterways that drain to Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River to ensure waters are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable; and
- Securing $19 million in federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding for 117 projects, complementing the State’s initiatives and commitment to restoring the shorelines of New York’s Great Lakes.
In the coming year, DEC’s Great Lakes Program will update the Great Lakes Action Agenda for the next 10 years. The updates a hoped to ensure the Action Agenda reflects emerging challenges, new science, and innovative approaches in order to address the most pressing issues within the Great Lakes communities and ecosystems.
DEC encourages interested individuals and organizations to get involved at the local and regional level and to share your ideas and goals for the lands and waters of our Great Lakes basin. For more information or to sign up for email updates, visit DEC’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.