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Restoring the ecological integrity of New York's North Coast -Lake Ontario's 300 miles of southern and eastern shoreline, embayments, river and creek mouths, wetlands and ponds-is key to the region's economic vitality. Remediation will require collaboration among public and private sectors and local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials.

Restoration of the Lake Ontario ecosystem will also require broad public commitment, not only for remediation efforts, but also for prevention of adverse impacts and impairments that are now requiring corrective measures.

The Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative (LOCI) is one response to these needs. The Initiative is a growing partnership which recognizes that current remediation efforts are fragmented, with projects, communities, and counties competing for the attention of state and federal agencies and limited funds.

This conference will bring together local, state, tribal, and federal government officials and agencies, members of citizen organizations, representatives of environmental, business, and civic interest, agriculture, educators and researchers.

The conference program will provide an opportunity to:

  • learn about the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative and other efforts of users, agencies and researchers
  • identify issues and challenges not yet addressed
  • network and learn from each other
  • have input into the strategic plan being prepared by the LOCI partners and make a commitment to the restoration, remediation, protection, conservation, and sustainable use of the North Coast


Conference Executive Summary May 5 & 6, 2005 Rochester, NY Sponsored and Organized by the Center for Environmental Information, Inc.

Funding Cosponsors

The Center for Environmental Information gratefully acknowledges financial support from the following co-sponsors:
Canadian Consulate General
Cornell University, Center for the Environment
Eastman Kodak Company
Ecology and Environment, Inc.
NYS Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
US Environmental Protection Agency

Cooperating Cosponsors

Environmental Advocates of New York
Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance
Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning Board
Great Lakes Research Consortium
Lake Plains Resource Conservation and Development
Monroe County Fishery Advisory Board
Niagara County Center for Economic Development
NY Sea Grant
Save of Sodus
Save the River
Sodus Bay Improvement Association
SUNY Brockport, Department of Environmental Sciences and Biology
The Nature Conservancy, Central-Western NY Chapter
Tug Hill Commission
Village of Fair Haven
Water Education Collaborative
Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District