Practical expertise, guide, virtual site tours, list of contractors available to tackle the erosion of the shores of New York’s Great Lakes this fall

This riprap wall was installed to prevent shoreline erosion along Lake Ontario. Incorporating additional nature-based methods would improve the stability of the wall to withstand storm surges. (Photo: New York Sea Grant / Roy Widrig)


Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:30 PM

The fall season is a great time to assess riparian properties along the New York State Great Lakes for areas affected by the natural dynamic action of the lakes. New York Sea Grant provides landowners with virtually available resources and assistance, including:

√ A guide to “Erosion Management for the New York Great Lakes Shores”;

√ A virtual access portal at, where owners can upload photos of areas of erosion, wave action and flooding along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for assessment and Review by New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Great Lakes Coastal Roy Widrig, Process and Risk Specialist, author of “Erosion Management for New York’s Great Lakes Shorelines”. There is no cost for the exam;

√ An updated list of contractors available for shoreline erosion project work in the New York Great Lakes region and guidelines on how to select a shoreline project contractor; and

√ Several publications on the processes and impacts of coastal erosion, living shores and man-made structures for erosion management.

“There is a full range of protection options that can be applied to address shoreline integrity issues. Each property, however, is a unique situation and these New York Sea Grant resources help property owners and managers determine which option or combination of practices best suits their circumstances, ”said Widrig.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at Cornell University and the State University of New York. It has Great Lakes offices in Buffalo, Newark and Oswego. For more information, visit the website at

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