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Rapidly eroding glacial lake sands along Lake Ontario in Wayne County. (Photo: Roy Widrig/NYSG)
Rapidly eroding glacial lake sands along Lake Ontario in Wayne County. (Photo: Roy Widrig/NYSG)

New York state shorelines erosion mitigation help is available


Tue, Apr 18th 2023 06:10 pm

New York Sea Grant provides virtual and in-person assistance, new guide to NY's coastal bluffs

New York Sea Grant Press Release

Extension help is available to New York's Great Lakes property owners seeing damage to their shoreline washing away with the waves, wind, freeze-thaw, storm surge or flooding.

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialists Roy L. Widrig and Kathleen M. Fallon, Ph.D., are available for virtual and in-person assistance. Widrig and Fallon have recently published "Erosion and Recession of New York's Coastal Bluffs," a guide to bluff formation, erosion processes acting on coastal bluffs, mass movements of bluffs, and how to monitor and report bluff erosion. The guide includes an insert for tracking erosion on a property. The guide is freely downloadable at http://www.nyseagrant.org/theblufflet.

Widrig helps property owners in New York's Great Lakes region. Fallon assists those on Long Island. They apply their expertise to identify nature-based or structural ways to mitigate the erosion that impacts shoreline habitat, and encroaches on or affects the structural integrity of coastal properties.

The NYSG specialists also provide information on various state and local shoreline project permitting requirements.

Great Lakes regional property assessment options are accessed online via https://arcg.is/u9ySr, or contact Widrig at 315-312-3042, [email protected]. Long Island property owners can reach Fallon at 631-632-8730, [email protected].

New York Sea Grant has additional guides on shoreline erosion mitigation and adaptation practices, planting native plant species that absorb and filter storm water and stabilize sand dunes, bio-engineering measures, and installing breakwalls and other hard structures.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the State University of New York and Cornell University and part of a nationwide network of 34 university-based programs working with coastal communities through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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