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Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6064
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What the Great Lakes mean to New York

New York’s Great Lakes region consists of lakes Ontario and Erie, their tributaries, and the St. Lawrence and Niagara Rivers. The Empire State hosts 700 miles of shoreline along Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and roughly 42 percent of the state’s surface area falls within the Great Lakes basin. Four million New York residents rely on the lakes for fresh drinking water every day.

Recreation and Tourism

A $2.27 billion sport fishery in New York generates 12,000 jobs annually and recreational boating activities contribute more than $600 million a year to the state’s economy.

Commercial Shipping

New York has four maritime shipping ports on the Great Lakes that collectively handle more than 2.3 million tons of cargo each year. In 2013, $181 million in investments were made to New York’s port, terminal, and waterway infrastructure, allowing for the continued success of the Great Lakes maritime system.

Roughly 1,300 are supported by New York’s commercial shipping operations in the Great Lakes region, generating $108 million in personal income and contributing $137 million to the state’s economy from business revenue, local expenditures, and taxes.

Solving Problems Facing the Great Lakes

New York’s Great Lakes restoration efforts are guided by both the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan and New York’s interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA), an evolving planning tool that integrates state resources with the GLRI and other initiatives.

The GLAA facilitates collaborative, science‐based decision‐making among federal, state and local agencies, organizations and stakeholders. It also supports efforts to promote citizen engagement and stewardship to ensure the long‐term conservation of New York’s precious Great Lakes .

GLRI Projects in New York

Click the filter icon on the left side of the map to view projects by state or use the search bar to enter zip codes or addresses to narrow your search. Click the dots to learn more about specific projects, funding sources, restoration partners, and project outcomes. Please note: the map may take a few minutes to fully load.  For an expanded map of GLRI projects in New York and across the region, click here.

New York Partners

The following list includes agencies, NGOs, tribal groups, and universities that work to complete conservation and restoration projects in New York. Click through the list to learn more about each of these groups.

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Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6064
[email protected]

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