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Cottonwood and willows help stabilize the shoreline along New York's Great Lakes shoreline. (Photo by Roy L. Widrig/New York Sea Grant)
Cottonwood and willows help stabilize the shoreline along New York's Great Lakes shoreline. (Photo by Roy L. Widrig/New York Sea Grant)

Western Lake Ontario, Lake Erie erosion virtual assistance workshops with New York Sea Grant


Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:20 pm

Water, wind, waves and time, even the gentle lapping of Lake Erie or Lake Ontario, erodes the Great Lakes shoreline. To mitigate the impact of shoreline erosion, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Great Lakes Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist Roy L. Widrig is inviting waterfront property owners to participate in online workshops from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9.

The first virtual workshop will focus on the Western Lake Ontario shoreline areas of Niagara and Orleans counties. The action and impact of Lake Erie on properties in Erie and Chautauqua counties will be featured in the second virtual workshop. To register for either or both workshops, visit http://www.nyseagrant.org/glcoastal, call 315-312-3042 or email [email protected] for assistance.

"The processes of erosion and accretion along Lakes Erie and Ontario share some similarities, but vast differences in the physical makeup of their shorelines, and the differences in approaching management options must be considered when planning a project," said Widrig, author of the "Erosion Management for New York's Great Lakes Shorelines Guide."

In each workshop, Widrig will cover ways to address such issues as planning for lake level variations, designing and maintaining seawalls or rock rip-rap, water pooling in yards or basements, and general coastal processes. Participants will learn how they can freely access his expertise through the New York Sea Grant "Virtual Shoreline Visit" tool.

Locally based New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of State and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel will discuss the permitting process for shoreline projects and answer questions as part of each workshop.

Workshop participants will see before and after photos of properties where options to achieve better drainage, bluff stabilization, and use nature-based features or traditional structures have been applied to manage erosion. Widrig will also share tips as the author of "Working with Nature: A Guide to Native Plants for New York's Great Lakes Shorelines."

New York Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021-22. It maintains Great Lakes offices in Oswego, Newark and Buffalo. For more information on Great Lakes coastal processes and erosion, visit http://www.nyseagrant.org/glcoastal.

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