NCCOS Scientists Brief New York Stakeholders on Role of NOAA Mussel Watch for Supporting Regional Activities Associated with EPA-led Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently hosted a meeting in Albany, NY that brought together potential federal partners to discuss NY’s Great Lakes current efforts and ways forward to remove Beneficial Use Impairments and monitor the recovery of Areas of Concern (hot spots).
NCCOS scientists shared with NY State AOC coordinators and managers its past, current and proposed efforts in AOCs of NY including the Buffalo River, Niagara River, Eighteen Mile Creek, Rochester Embayment and the St Lawrence River.
NCCOS’ Mussel Watch has been sampling these areas with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. NY stakeholders having learned of Mussel Watch are anxious to coordinate future monitoring efforts.