Project Name

Organization

Description

SLRREF Contribution

Year

Matching funds

Total

Invasive Aquatic Species Sign Project

St. Lawrence County Water Quality Coordination Committee

 

 

Placement of informational signs at boat launches and other water access points within St. Lawrence County that inform the public about steps they can take to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species.

$194

2007

$943

$1137

Are benthic exotic species helping or harming river food webs in the Waddington to Massena stretch of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem?

 

St. Lawrence University

Measure the abundance and composition of bottom dwelling (i.e., benthic) organisms, to assess major environmental conditions along the riverbed, and to investigate potential roles of exotic species in regulating mercury and botulism levels in the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.

 

$21,142

2008

$5,500

$26,642

The Robert Moses State Park Nature Center “Woods & Water” Learning Project

 

Friends of the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center, Inc. 

To complete paving a path off the Nature Center’s handicapped-accessible trail leading to the water, and install learning stations, signage and an indoor display to help community members of all ages and physical ability gain awareness and understanding of the relationship between the woodland areas of Robert Moses State Park and the St. Lawrence River. 

$14,485

2008

$15,000

$29,485

Phytoplankton Community Composition, Development and Health in a Fluvial Lake:

Lake St. Lawrence

Clarkson University

Investigation of phytoplankton community composition, development and health in relation to

water quality in the International Section of the St. Lawrence River.

$19,129

2008

$8,100

 

$27,229

Youth Conservation Corps St. Lawrence County Wetland Watchers

St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau

 

A team of students referred to as Wetland Watchers will monitor and manage invasive species along the St. Lawrence River and provide the public with strategies for invasive species prevention preparing youth to live, work, and sustain the cultural and ecological integrity of the places they inhabit.

$17,615

2008

$2,500

$20,115

Wildlife Barrier for

Reptiles & Amphibians along New York State Highway 68 at Upper and Lower

Lakes State Wildlife Management Area

Clarkson University

Installation of a wildlife barrier along a reptile and amphibian road high mortality to improve the viability of populations of turtles and other herpetofauna.  Construction of an educational kiosk at a public access explaining the objectives and outcomes of the project.  Workshops for road managers and environmental managers in St. Lawrence County to disseminate new ideas and techniques on how to reduce the impact of roads on wildlife using the wildlife barriers along SH68 at ULL WMA as a case history.

$10,020

2008

$30,180

$40,200

Plankton dynamics in a large river system: Investigating plankton growth and grazing rates in the International Section of the St. Lawrence River.

Clarkson University

Measure the growth and grazing rates of plankton to increase knowledge of plankton dynamics in a large river system.  Information gathered will allow to understand how water regulation schemes affect river ecology.

$19,965

2009

$7,820

$27,785

Riverkeeper monitoring program

Save The River

Volunteer based monitoring program that uses qualitative data to assess the general health of the St. Lawrence River.  Up to date potential pollution problems and wildlife issues will be reported to proper authorities as well as reporting trough the program follow up on the action taken to remediate these issues.  The geographic scope of the program will be expanded to increase outreach and education of River issues to local communities.

$8,553

2009

$1,788

$10,341

Testing the effectiveness of turtle crossing signs as a conservation measure.

The Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of SYNY Potsdam

Seasonal installation of turtle crossing signs by selected paved state, county and town roads in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties in northern New York.   Driving and walking surveys will detect and record dead or living species.  Results will be used to develop a Recovery Plan.

$7,640

2009

$6954

$14,594

Breeding golden-winged warbler use of electrical transmission line corridors in the St. Lawrence Valley, New York.

Clarkson University

Survey large electrical transmission right-of-way corridors radiating from Moses-Saunders Dam to report relative abundance of golden-winged warbler (a species suffering a rapid population decline in North America) along the power line corridor compared to other sites, habitat characteristics and recommend long term monitoring and future research. 

$5,175

2010

$10,122

$15,297

Assessment of mercury levels in wetland wildlife in the St. Lawrence River and St. Lawrence River Valley.

St. Lawrence University

Assess the levels of mercury in select wildlife to evaluate the effects of wetland origin, age, type and water level management, quantify mercury levels and evaluate the impact on wildlife of interest.

$20,086

2010

$25,000

$45,086

Riverkeeper monitoring program

Save The River

Volunteer based monitoring program that uses qualitative data to assess the general health of the St. Lawrence River.  Up to date potential pollution problems and wildlife issues will be reported to proper authorities as well as reporting trough the program follow up on the action taken to remediate these issues.  A Master Training Program will be implemented using a ‘train-the trainer’ model to increase training capacity.

$9,587

2010

$1,936

$11,523

Testing the effectiveness of turtle crossing signs as a conservation measure.

The Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of SYNY Potsdam

Seasonal installation of turtle crossing signs by selected paved state, county and town roads in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties in northern New York.   Driving and walking surveys will detect and record dead or living species.  Results will be used to develop a Recovery Plan.

$6,400

2010

$11,174

$17,574

Loading of Elements and Anions to the St. Lawrence River From Tributaries in St. Lawrence County, New York.

St. Lawrence University

Determine the loading of elements and anions to the St. Lawrence River from its tributaries in St. Lawrence County to monitor major tributary chemistry and loading between Ogdensburg and Akwesasne.  This project will provide a dataset designed to monitor major tributary chemistry and loading along this stretch of the river.  SLU students will be trained in aspects of water quality and analysis, providing a dataset for the broader community and stakeholders.  Dataset will also be useful for several courses both at St. Lawrence and at local high schools.

$20,275

2011

$15,000

$35,275

Partnership to Examine the Condition of Regional Lakes and their Influence on Tributaries of the St. Lawrence River.

St. Lawrence University

Develop comprehensive assessments of lake ecology and water quality for major lakes in the Northern New York (NNY) watershed of the St. Lawrence River (SLR) and examine whether outflows from these lakes influence the tributary rivers feeding the SLR.  Watershed managers will better understand the environmental health of area lakes and the role they play in shaping the water quality of SLR tributaries; lake association members will develop or expand their roles as environmental scientists and educators will be engaged in active stewardship of the NNY watershed of the SLR.  SLU students will have opportunities for interdisciplinary, experimental learning of regional environmental issues with knowledgeable, multi-perspective citizen scientists.

$19,648

2011

$0

$19,648

Comparison of Plankton Dynamics in Nearshore and Main Channel Areas of the St. Lawrence River in Support of a Two-dimensional Ecosystem Model of Plankton Community Development.

Clarkson University

Compare plankton dynamics in near shore and main channel areas of the St. Lawrence River in support of a two-dimensional ecosystem model of plankton community development.  Results will 1) bolster ability to anticipate how changing water levels could affect food web dynamics,

2) will provide a solid base for gaining research support from the National Science Foundation to further this work, and 3) will prove to Environment Canada and the US EPA the need for monitoring to help understand the base of the aquatic food web in this large river.

$20,000

2011

$17,964

$37,964

Evaluation of biodiversity and water quality indicators of putative beneficial use impairments and ecosystem services in wetlands of the Massena (New York) area of concern - Final Report.

 

Clarkson University

Evaluate biological indicators of wetland quality and water quality indicators of wetlands within the Massena Area of Concern.

$19,162

2012

$42,472

$61,634

Riverkeeper Monitoring Program - Final Report.

Save The River

Expand this volunteer-based program to the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River. Program was established in 2008, to collect data on the general health of the St. Lawrence River and increase community awareness of the River. 

$4,600

2012

$14,513

$19,113

Filming underwater environment of the St. Lawrence River focusing on invasive species and shipwrecks of historical values.

 

Oceanic Research Group, Inc./Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

Filming two separate 10-15 minute segments that will focus on underwater environment of the St. Lawrence River.

$7,610

2013

$8,110

$15,720

Riverkeeper Monitoring Program.

Save the River

Expand this volunteer-based program to grow its capacity to educate interested individuals and families down river into St. Lawrence County. 

$4,884

2013

$15,240

$20,124

Nature Up North: Using the internet and citizen-based science to understand and protect the St. Lawrence River watershed in northern New York - Final Report.


St. Lawrence University

Using web-based technology to develop an interactive “virtual nature center” and to implements a citizen-based science project made possible by the website.

$20,000

2013

$25,325

$45,325

Predictive model for Blanding’s turtle distribution in northern New York.

Clarkson University

Determine environmental, ecological and landscape variables responsible for creating the Blanding’s turtle habitat range edge evident in the St. Lawrence Valley.

$15,042

2013

$20,381

$35,423

Assessment and DNA Barcoding of Caddisfly (Trichoptera) Diversity to be Used as Ecological Indicators Along the Raquette and Grasse Rivers.

Clarkson University

Sample caddisfly diversity and abundance at four sites, use DNA barcoding methods to accurately identify species, compare species diversity at each site to assess water quality along each river, and use results to suggest whether action is necessary to improve water quality.

$16,606

2014

$15,719

$32,325

River Monitoring Program.

Save the River

 

Continue expanding the Riverkeeping Monitoring Program in St. Lawrence County and create and launch an interactive web-based map which shows the incidents reported by volunteers.

$5,445

2014

 

$16,012

$21,457

A Comparison of Obligate Grassland Bird Abundance and Breeding Biology on Mainland and Island Sites along the St. Lawrence River Corridor.

Research Foundation for SUNY at College at Brockport

Determine abundance and species richness of obligate grassland bird species, determine nesting success of grassland breeding birds, evaluate pre- and post-treatment effect of the Galop Island HIP on grassland vegetation and breeding birds, recommend management strategies for enhancing populations of sensitive grassland bird species in the St. Lawrence River Plain during upcoming restoration efforts.

$3,620

2014

$3,207

$6,647