CED and the Great Lakes Group announce major funding for lake health research projects in Finger Lakes

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) of Syracuse have announced $ 121,741 in grants for five research projects that will help restore and protect health New York’s Great Lakes and surrounding communities, including a project led by assistant professor of biology Clarkson Andrew David.

“Our rapidly changing climate, coupled with increasing threats from invasive species, nutrient pollution and emerging contaminants, calls into question the health of Great Lakes ecosystems,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “The research grants announced today will help New York State deepen the science of these issues and expand our ability to deal with these and future issues.”

“The Great Lakes Research Consortium is pleased to support a wide range of projects in New York State to address important issues including invasive species, harmful algal blooms, changing water levels in Lake Ontario, identification of new and emerging contaminants and use. phosphorus sorption technology, ”said Gregory L. Boyer, Ph.D., director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium. “These small grants support unique, basic fundamental research that is essential if we are to properly manage and conserve New York’s critical freshwater resources.”

The five projects receiving 2021 small grants from the Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) are:

Clarkson University: $ 24,917 for a one-of-a-kind project for the New York Great Lakes basin and watershed. Clarkson Assistant Professor of Biology Andrew David, Ph.D., will lead research to assess connectivity patterns of two established invasive snail species – one that is impacting populations of largemouth bass in the New York’s lakes and rivers, and the other which is now the largest, most abundant snail in the Adirondack Lakes. This work will create a basis for identifying vectors that promote the dispersal of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and finding potential barriers to help limit their spread. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Dr Kate Cleary, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY Potsdam.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS): $ 25,000 to lead an international team of researchers who will measure changes in the abundance, composition and nutrients of algae over the past century. HWS Associate Professor of Geosciences Tara Curtin, Ph.D., will work with Michael Brown, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher at HWS Finger Lakes Institute, to lead the project team which includes researchers from Cornell University, Ithaca , NY; Syracuse University; and the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. The team will evaluate records from Lake Canandaigua, Lake Cayuga, Lake Owasca, and Lake Seneca, all of which have experienced toxic HAB events since 2017. The team will use sediment cores to develop a long-term record of HABs and associated environmental factors as a data-driven tool for developing mitigation strategies. The New York County Ontario Water Resources Board is providing additional funding for this work.

Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY): $ 24,035 to augment the New York State Geographic Information System (GIS) database with a historical record of shoreline changes along Lake Ontario to Niagara and Orleans

counties. Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at Binghamton University, Peter LK Knuepfer, Ph.D., will lead this pilot project to systematically assess the history of shoreline change, both due to erosion and accretion, as a means of assessing recent flood events in 2017 and 2019, as well as future changes. The project will incorporate historical images, maps and navigation charts accumulated for this stretch of shoreline over more than three decades. Mapping and identifying trends over time will be shared with municipal and county stakeholders to help with resilience planning.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF): $ 24,789 to test a combined technological process to detect new and unknown water pollutants missed by traditional screening practices that target known contaminants. SUNY ESF Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alexander B. Artyukhin, Ph.D., will lead an ESF team that includes John Hassett, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, and Lemir Teron, Ph.D., assistant professor of studies environmental. The team will analyze samples from Lake Onondaga and Lake Ontario to test the feasibility of using untargeted mass spectrometry technology combined with a molecular lattice to discover potential new pollutants, derivatives or metabolites.

The Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization: $ 23,000 to collaborate and evaluate the design optimization of phosphorus sorption technology for deployment in agriculture in the Great Lakes region. In collaboration with HSW’s Finger Lakes Institute, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Yates, Seneca and Ontario Counties, and Seneca Farms Biochar in Odessa, Seneca Watershed Steward Ian Smith will lead this groundbreaking project to inform the design field-scale systems that would be the best management practices approved by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service to mitigate phosphorus and HABs.

This small grants program is funded by the New York Environmental Protection Fund. The Great Lakes Research Consortium is an organization of 18 New York State colleges and universities, as well as nine affiliate campuses in Ontario, Canada, dedicated to collaborative research and science education on the Great Lakes. Lakes. Its Small Grants Program provides funding for small-scale research projects that take action to address critical Great Lakes problems and establish baseline data to support larger-scale applied research and demonstration projects.

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