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Welcome to New York Sea Grant's (NYSG) Spring 2013 e-issue of Currents, an electronic supplement of our program's flagship newsletter, New York Coastlines.

You can also read all of the articles featured below via this issue's table of contents on our Web site.

Happy reading ...

Superstorm Sandy
Spring 2013
New York Currents, Vol. 2, No. 1 & 2
New York Sea Grant Responds to Superstorm Sandy
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) responded by funding two new research projects on Long Island's South Shore valued at $50,000.

Immediately after the storm, an estimated 68 million gallons of raw sewage was released into the Western Long Island South Shore estuary (as pictured above). NYSG-funded researchers are investigating if the Western Long Island South Shore Estuary ecosystem is able to handle the additional nitrogen from the failure of the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. Photo by Doug Kuntz, Newsday. Used by permission.

In addition to funding research, here is a summary of how NYSG has played a role in providing sound information to managers and stakeholders in a timely way over the last several months.
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Related articles ...

NYSG Networks at Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Conference, Talks Post-Sandy Efforts (April 2013) Read on >>

NYSG Provides $50K for Two Research Projects in Wake of Superstorm Sandy (March 2013) Read on >>

NOAA Programs, FEMA Educate During March 2013's National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 2013) Read on >>

More on hurricane education and severe storm preparedness:

2013 Clean and Safe Boating Campaign Launches
CNY Boat Show From the Central New York Boat Show in mid-Febrary through the summer months, the 2013 Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign educates boaters about all the gear required and recommended for legal, safe and environmentally-friendly boating on New York's waters.

"Our focus in 2013 is also on educating anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts about how to be safe on the water and how they can help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species," says campaign developer NYSG Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White.
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NYSG's "Green Tips for Coastal Living"
Green Tips April's Earth Day serves as a good reminder for our "Green Tips for Coastal Living" - from recreational activities such as clean and safe boating to everyday practices to seafood safety. So, spread the word and educate your family, friends, and neighbors about ways they can help protect the waters of New York, from the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound to Lakes Ontario and Erie and all points in between. Read on >>

Seeking Teachers to Become Long Island Sound Mentors
Long Island Sound Mentors Meet NYSG's new Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator, Amy Boyajian, who is now accepting applications for four mentor teachers for this year's Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher program in New York. Pairs of teachers from each of the following grade level subsets are encouraged to apply: K-8 and 9-12. Each grade level specific pair will work together to plan and execute a professional development session for their peers that will be conducted in NY. Read on >>

Spotlight Stories
Launch Stewards
SUNY Systemness
Stewards Wanted
We're looking for a few good college and graduate students to spend the 2013 summer outdoors as Launch Stewards at venues in a variety of NY North Country counties. Application deadline is ongoing until positions are filled. Read on >>

For the 2nd annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference sponsored by the State University of New York (SUNY), NYSG was invited to present a poster that shows how its program exhibits "systemness" by interacting with other SUNY campuses. Read on >>

"These well-deserved awards recognize the excellence of the programming developed by New York Sea Grant Extension educators throughout NY State," said NYSG Associate Director Kathy Bunting-Howarth. Read on >>

Events & Activities
Lake Erie
Seaway Trail
Unwanted Meds
April 11 ...
NYSG unveiled its new Lake Erie fact sheet at the 2013 State of Lake Erie meeting, which included fisheries updates from the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. Read on >>

April 13 ...
The first time a Great Lakes Seaway Trail underwater history and tourism program seminar has come to the Lake Erie region and the first program in the series to feature a presentation on snorkeling and freediving. Read on >>

April 27 ...
Learn more on how easy it is to properly dispose of unwanted and unused medicines, including veterinary drugs, to help keep pharmaceuticals out of New York's waterways, including the Great Lakes.
Events & Activities
Living Shorelines
Lake Guardian
April 28 ...
Teachers and educators in the metro-New York area are encouraged to sign up for an opportunity to share classroom curricula ideas during a half-day Marine Science Activity Workshop. NYSG and the New York State Marine Education Association are co-sponsors of this Mercy College event. Read on >>

May 15 ...
Sign up for NYSG's "Living Shorelines for Coastal Erosion Protection in a Changing World" Workshop. Suggested attendees: government officials, coastal managers/ planners, shoreline property owners, marine contractors/consultants, non-governmental orgs. 

July 6-13 ...
Apply to be one of the 15 4th-10th grade teachers/ non-formal educators selected from around the Great Lakes basin for this week-long Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop aboard the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 180-foot research vessel R/V Lake Guardian. Read on >>

Extension Impacts - Seafood Throwdown
Botulism Manual
LI Sound Health
Success Stories
These outreach projects show how Sea Grant  benefits NY's shoreline regions and has a profound impact on its coastal communities and economies. Read on >>

Botulism Manual
The Great Lakes basin has undergone a resurgence of Type E (or avian) botulism in recent years, marked by dead birds and fish along the shores of the Great Lakes. Read on >>

LI Sound Health
This report looks at indicators of the Sound's health in the areas of water quality, coastal and animal populations, climate, habitats and land use. Read on >>

NOAA Sea Grant Report
Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Report
State of Sea Grant 2012
In the last two years, NOAA's National Sea Grant College Programs have created or retained over 3,800 jobs and 630 businesses, trained 450 coastal communities on hazard resiliency, supported nearly 1,950 undergraduate and graduate students to develop a diverse, highly qualified workforce. Read on >>

Mid-Atlantic Research Plan
NYSG joins other Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant programs to identify the region's key ocean research needs (including climate change and habitat degradation) as well as opportunities for economic development. The four-year project is funded by NOAA through the Sea Grant Regional Initiative. Read on >>

NYSG's Online News Archives (Currents, Vol. 2, No. 1)
In case you missed any of NYSG's news that we've been posting on our Web site between issues of E-Currents and NY Coastlines, below is a sampling of some of those stories.

You can come ashore anytime for the latest at And for even more Currents, check out the topics in the archives section of NYSG's Web site,

  • Volunteers Pitch in at LISS-designated Stewardship Areas
    Last Summer and Fall, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Long Island Sound Study held four volunteer events around the Sound at recreationally- and ecologically-important LISS-designated Stewardship Areas.
    Read on >>

  • NYSG Relocates Great Lakes Office at SUNY Oswego
    We've relocated into new office space at The State University of New York at Oswego. Catch up with some of the topics our specialists there focus on. These specialists work with anglers, boaters and marina owners, coastal communities, aquatic invasive species and more. Read on >>

  • NYSG to Assist Four Great Lakes Restoration Initiatives
    Two of NYSG's award-winning educators are key partners in several of four new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects. Read on >>

  • Mount Sinai Wins Bay Scallop Bowl - Again
    At February 2013's 12th Annual Stony Brook University event, 16 teams from around the state faced a day of quick answer buzzer questions and thought-provoking team challenge questions about the marine environment. Read on >>

  • Sea Grant Supports Cornell CALS 'From Farm to Fork' NYC Event
    At the late-January 2013 event, NYSG staff unveiled the program's new poster on "Rethinking the Seafood Industry: Building Economic Resilience in Coastal Communities." The poster is filled with healthy eating tips and suggestions on how to shop local as well as topical NYSG-funded research projects and education efforts. Read on >>

  • NYSG Specialist Moderates Clean Marina Roundtable at January 2013 International Marina Industry Conference
    The Clean Marina Roundtable session at the 2013 IMBC offered marina operators the opportunity to share best management practices and to participate in mutual issues discussion. Read on >>

  • New York Volunteers Augment Restoration's Success in Southern Louisiana
    As featured in Louisiana's WaterMarks magazine, NOAA Coastal Services magazine and reported by several media outlets: To learn about wetland loss in southern Louisiana and how it relates to the habitat loss occurring in New York, a group of 14 educators traveled to the Bayou State in late February 2012 to rebuild habitats devastated by recent natural and man-made events. This was the second time in as many years that such a trip was planned. Read on >>
About Currents and New York Sea Grant
Currents is New York Sea Grant's E-supplement to New York Coastlines. Currents features additional program news and events not found in our flagship coastal science newsletter. New York Coastlines is a product of NYSG's project C/PC-11funded under award NA10OAR4170064 granted to the Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of NYSG from the National Sea Grant College Program of the US Dept. of Commerce's NOAA.

Both New York Coastlines and Currents will each be e-distributed several times a year. An archive of all the articles featured in this and previous issues of NYSG's Currents is at:

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