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Happy Holidays and welcome to New York Sea Grant's (NYSG) Late Fall / Early Winter 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.

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Late Fall / Early Winter 2013
New York Currents, Vol. 2, No. 3 & 4
Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later -
NOAA and Sea Grant Responds and Reflects

For seven days in the Fall 2012, Sandy pounded the Caribbean and U.S. East Coast with punishing rain, wind, and waves, at some points being named a hurricane and at others a superstorm or post-tropical cyclone. Along its entire East Coast path, Sandy's force accounted for over $62 billion in economic losses and caused 140 deaths. 

New York Sea Grant provided real-time information on the track, intensity and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy via social media when other outlets, including the Web servers hosting the data of Stony Brook University's Storm Surge Research Group, lost power. And, in the weeks leading up to the one year anniversary of Sandy's late October landfall, Sea Grant programs in a number of coastal states, including New York, joined the National Sea Grant College Program's federal funding agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a look back.  

New York Sea Grant-funded researchers have been called upon in the year since the storm to provide information and analysis to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, ABC News, the Associated Press and Newsday, among others. Most recently, these investigators were featured in September's National Geographic: Rising Seas cover story, October-December's Burn - An Energy Journal's radio and Web series, as well as other interviews, panel discussions and documentaries. 

Our program's award-winning year-long look at "science behind the storm" stories and related YouTube clips reached over 14,300 visitors on Facebook alone, with repeat retweeters on Twitter having included, among others, NOAA Research, the National Sea Grant Office, numerous Sea Grant programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Extension Disaster Education Network, Stony Brook University and its School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.  
All of this content can be found in NYSG's Superstorm Sandy archive, And there's more on the topic of hurricane education and severe storm preparedness at

Related articles ...

Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later -
NOAA and Sea Grant Responds and Reflects Read on >>

On YouTube: NOAA, Sea Grant Programs Post-Sandy:

Press Briefing, Conference Educate on Coastal Storms Read on >> 

On Air: NOAA Announces
Sea Grant's $1.8M Coastal Storm Awareness Program Read on >>

NYSG Extension Surveys the Impacts of Sandy
on Recreational Fisheries and Marinas Read on >> 

On Blog: Can Salt Marshes Handle Effluent From a Failed Sewage Treatment Plant?
In early November 2013, New York Sea Grant's Communications Manager Barbara A. Branca visited with a few of the program's funded researcher who are trying to determine if the ecosystem can handle the additional sewage by increasing its capacity to serve as a "nutrient sink," or, if instead, the enhanced nutrient loads will shift the ecosystem to an alternative state that perpetuates additional organic matter loading. Read on >>

On Blog, On YouTube: Long Island Breach
In late October 2012, Superstorm Sandy split Fire Island, New York into two islands, creating a new inlet to the bay behind it. As seen in a video clip from National Geographic and documented in a photo journal blog, New York Sea Grant-funded scientists explain why monitoring the breach is important, as its evolution will affect the tidal dynamics and the ecosystem of the Long Island's eastern Great South Bay.

Also in the blog, Flagg discusses findings from a new report that reveals, in December 2013, that the size of the inlet has stabilized at around 400 square meters. He says it has remained relatively constant for nine months but may have the potential to get bigger.
Read on >>

Related Publications: Impacts of Barrier Island Breaches
NYSG's coastal processes specialist Jay Tanski is a co-author of a 2001 NYSG report: Impacts of Barrier Island Breaches on Selected Biological Resources of Great South Bay, New York (pdf) - a highly-regarded report on the biological impacts of breaches, demonstrating both benefits and losses. He is also the author of Long Island's Dynamic South Shore: A Primer on the Forces and Trends Shaping Our Coast.
Fellowship Opportunities: Apply Now
Applications for NOAA Fisheries Service and the National Sea Grant College Program's Graduate Fellowship Programs in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics as well as Marine Resource Economics are both being accepted through January 24, 2014. To apply for these, or additional student opportunities that will be made available in the coming months, visit.

You can also keep tabs on such fellowships, as well as NYSG's requests for proposals, via our RSS news feed feature,, which is updated as new opportunities become available.

NYSG Specialists and Sea Grant Network Campaigns Lauded for Their Successes
 From a Visionary Career Leadership Award to Two Top 100 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Success Stories, New York Sea Grant specialists were acknowledged this year for their work in maintaining seafood safety standards and keeping pharmaceuticals, personal care products and invasive species out of New York's waterways.

"The public reaps the benefits of their work to educate communities about what we can all do to help maintain the vitality and environmental quality of New York's Great Lakes and marine coastal ecosystems," said NYSG's Associate Director Kathy Bunting-Howarth. 
Read on >>

On YouTube, On Air: Cornell Researchers Find Contaminants May Cause Birds to Sing a Different Tune
Within days of being published in the journal PLOS ONE in mid-September 2013, the findings of this New York Sea Grant-funded Cornell Lab of Ornithology research generated many tweets (no pun intended) and posts on, respectively, Twitter and Facebook.

The project also garnered a great deal of news coverage from print and online sources, wherein investigators elaborated on their study of songbirds that exhibited inconsistency in their songs.

Could this occurrence be caused by contaminants that persist in the sediments of the Hudson River region? Read on for more on this project's findings, including video and audio clips.
Read on >>

On YouTube: Comment Sought By December 23 On Invasive Species Proposals
Dangers to ecosystems and potential health problems are a couple of reasons the State is hoping to make it much tougher for anyone to have those species. As New York Sea Grant's Recreation/Tourism Specialist Dave White told the newscasters at Watertown's WWNY-TV 7 News This Morning studios in late November 2013, New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing regulations to help control invasive species.  

"This law will begin to say, 'what are the rules and regulations for prohibiting their transport, their sale, their possession for scientific use, for public use, for commercial sale?'," said White. There's an opportunity for the public to be heard, too, with some public hearings and a comment period through December 23, 2013.
Read on >>

Also see White discuss the topic on Your News Now via NYSG's news item, "On YouTube: NYSDEC to Host Hearings on Invasive Species Regulations."

On YouTube: NYSG's Launch Stewards Educate on Aquatic Invasives in New York's Great Lakes Region
While at any of over a dozen launch sites in a number of eastern Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and surrounding inland river counties this past summer, New York Sea Grant's Launch Stewards offered voluntary watercraft inspection education to motorized and non-motorized boaters. They also produced a series of articles, took part in volunteer events such as a water chestnut weed pull and wrote for a blog to better inform recreational users how they, too, can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Read on >>

Related articles ...

On YouTube: Hydrilla Plants Invade Western NY; Invasive Species Found in North Tonawanda Waterways Read on >>

On Air: Asian Carp Could Pose Real Threat to Great Lakes Ecosystem Read on >>

NYSG Researcher Featured in Phragmites Webinar Read on >>

Events & Activities
'Lake Guardians'
Nearly 9,000 sets of eyes on Facebook alone saw social media posts related to NYSG's blog entries from aboard the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 180-foot R/V Peter L. Wise Lake Guardian during this past July's week-long NYSG-led "Lake Ontario Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop." Read on >>

Just a few weeks after the R/V Lake Guardian docked back in Youngstown, NY this past summer, another dozen science teachers, two special education teachers and one high school librarian from across New York State embarked on a NYSG-led week-long hands-on teaching on the ecology of Lake Ontario. Read on >>

Clean Boating
As reported in the Cornell Chronicle, NYSG expanded its "Discover Clean and Safe Boating Campaign" this past summer into New York City for the first time - some 300 miles away from its point of origin in Oswego, NY - at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's annual "City of Water Day" festival Read on >>

Events & Activities
Estuary Day
NYSG's Long Island Sound Study educator helped to collect National Estuary Day's 'Toast the Coast'  event pics via social media platforms and offered tips on how everyone can pitch in to keep estuaries cleaner. Read on >>

Living Shorelines
At this workshop in May, attendees were provided with practical information on the use of living shorelines as an erosion control alternative, which is documented via a series of presentation slides and video clips. Read on >>

Hudson River
As NYSG's Hudson River specialist discovered, beyond just being a field trip, a "Day in the Life" allowed students to explore, through hands-on learning, how their piece of the River fits into the larger ecosystem. Read on >>
Events & Activities
Seafood Chef-Off
As captured in NYSG Communication Manager Barbara A. Branca's article for Edible East End, August's Chef 'Seafood Throwdown,' the third of its kind in the last year that NYSG has partnered on in Metro NY and on Long Island, was as fun as it was educational. Read on >>

Water Quality
Are Canada Geese causing a water quality issue? Our NYSG water quality specialist discusses the issue as well as this past summer's Second Annual Long Island Green Infrastructure Conference and Expo, hosted at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read on >>

Blue Byway
WRVO Radio spotlights October 2013's Great Lakes Seaway Trail Blue Byway Seminar, during which a new Water Trail app in development by NYSG for the Great Lakes Seaway Trail was discussed by our coastal recreation and tourism specialist. Read on >>

WWWhat's Trending
Web Site Relaunches, NOAA TweetAlerts and
Other Social Media Milestones

New York Sea Grant went live with a new online look right before this past Memorial Day, followed by the reworking of the National Sea Grant College Program's virtual space just after Labor Day. Also in the second and third quarters of this year, NOAA unveiled #TweetAlerts and reached more milestones on both Twitter and Facebook. 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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