Implementing NY's Great Lakes Action Agenda
DEC has released the updated New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda 2023 (PDF), a strategic, ecosystem-based action plan to guide restoration and conservation, and foster sustainable, resilient communities in New York's Great Lakes region.
DEC will be engaging with the public and stakeholders to facilitate implementation. To learn more and to get involved with regional sub basin work groups to support implementation, contact [email protected].
NY's Great Lakes Action Agenda is a plan to conserve, restore, protect, and enhance NY's Great Lakes lands and waters.
NY's Great Lakes Action Agenda implements shared goals to improve water quality and ecosystem health through ecosystem-based management (EBM). EBM is a systems approach that balances the needs of people, nature and the economy through science-informed decision making.
GLAA Work Groups
Four work groups work to implement GLAA goals, to achieve sustainable outcomes at the watershed scale.
Work group meetings are held twice a year and are open to everyone -- including environmental organizations, academic institutions, state and federal agencies, local government and private citizens.
What do the work groups do?
- Foster communication and collaboration among partners within each of the four sub-basins and across the state's Great Lakes watershed.
- Implement and evaluate projects and programs to achieve GLAA goals.
- Connect stakeholders to resources, technical assistance, expertise, and information.
NY's GLAA Collaborator's Webinar Series: To promote collaboration this fall, this webinar series will invite speakers to share their collaborative GLAA and EBM project ideas, research findings, and success stories. Contact us at [email protected] to share your ideas.
- View a recording of the December 17, 2020 webinar: The OUTSTEPS.org Research Network: A Community Platform for Stakeholders and Universities in the Lower Great Lakes
- View a recording of the September 30, 2020, Coastal Resiliency and Morphodynamic Responses to Storm Surges and Seiches in Eastern Lake Erie webinar.
GLAA Projects and Partners Webinars: Learn about partners and projects working to protect, restore, and enhance NY's Great Lakes lands and waters, in support of NY's Great Lakes Action Agenda. The series continues every other week through the summer. Learn more and register (PDF).
- View a recording of the June 16, 2020 Great Lakes Action Agenda and Accomplishments webinar.
- View a recording of the June 30, Water Quality Projects webinar.
- View a recording of the July 14, Natural Resource Projects webinar.
- View a recording of the July 28, Sustainability and Resiliency projects webinar.
- View a recording of the August 11, Education and Research Initiatives webinar.
NY's GLAA is achieving shared goals! The Great Lakes 2022 Report (PDF) is now available. Contact [email protected] to learn more and become involved in a GLAA work group. Previous reports are available upon request.
Sub-Basin Work Groups and Partner Priority Areas for EBM
Priority areas were identified by each GLAA regional work group to advance collaboration at a watershed scale and promote long term ecosystem health and resilience. These watersheds will showcase to other areas how EBM can benefit people, nature, and economies. EBM priority watersheds are highlighted in green on the map.
A pilot effort is underway to develop Integrated Watershed Action Plans for two partner priority areas for EBM, the Cattaraugus Creek and Sterling-Wolcott Creek watersheds. Learn more about this project here.