New York's North Coast
A Troubled Coastline

Sponsored by the
Center for Environmental Information, Inc.
May 3, 2002

Burgundy Basin,
1361 Marsh Rd,
Pittsford, NY 14534

For more information call CEI at: (585) 262-2870

Who Should Attend Program Registration Information
Registration Form Location / Accomodations Conference Brochure (pdf )

The North Coast of New York State stretches for 300 miles through seven counties on Lake Ontario's south shore, from the Niagara River in the west to the St. Lawrence River in the east. The embayments along this coastline - bays, river and creek mouths, wetlands, and ponds - are of vital importance to the well-being of the area. These coastal waters and embayments are suffering from many impairments that severely limit their recreational use and ultimately affect the economic development of the region.

Despite significant water quality improvement in the open waters of Lake Ontario over the last decade, few coastal waters and embayments have shown measurable recovery. Special attention needs to be directed to the coastal waters which provide habitat for most Great Lakes aquatic species, influence the levels of nutrients and other pollutants entering the open waters, support diverse and productive wetland vegetation, and provide very desirable locations for water-oriented human activities and communities.

This conference is intended to bring together local, state, tribal, and federal government officials and agencies, members of citizen organizations, representatives of environmental, economic, and civic interests, agriculture, educators, and researchers to begin an ongoing dialogue and an action framework for resolving the coastal region's water quality problems. Through development of an action framework, we are striving to create a unified and coordinated regional approach to restoration and remediation of the coastal ecosystem.

The conference program will:

  • alert the public to the problems affecting the coastal waters and embayments;
  • define the social, ecological and economic importance of the Lake Ontario shoreline and associated embayments and watersheds;
  • identify work in progress and opportunities for constructive remedies;
  • create a regional action framework for restoration of coastal waters and embayments.

Who Should Attend (top)

  • Anyone interested in the condition of one of New York's greatest resources - Lake Ontario
  • Local, state, tribal, and federal government officials
  • Agencies
  • Members of citizen organizations
  • Representatives of environmental, economic, and civic interests
  • Agriculture
  • Educators
  • Researchers

Program (top)

Friday, May 3

7:45 Registration - Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome

8:40 Introduction to the Conference

Hon. George D. Maziarz - New York State Senate

9:00 Session I. North Coast in the State and the State of the North Coast

Joseph Makarewicz - SUNY Brockport

9:30 Session II. Importance of the Embayments and Coastal Region

Moderator Margaret Peet - Monroe County Department of Health

Ed Mills Cornell University

Ecological Importance

Diane Keuhn and David McNeil - NY Sea Grant


Christine Whitman - Greater Rochester Enterprise


10:40 Coffee Break

11:00 Session III. Thirty Years of the Clean Water Act: Federal and State Programs for research, restoration and remediation

Philip DeGaetano - Division of Water, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

11:30 Session IV. Restoration and Remediation: Challenges facing managers and implementers

Moderator Linda Gibbs - Tug Hill Commission

Robert Williams - Wayne Co. SWCD

Wayne Hale - Orleans County Planning Department

Leo Downey - NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation

12.30 Luncheon and Keynote Address

Introduction of Kenote Speaker - Hon. John D. Doyle, Monroe County Executive

New York Secretary of State Randy A. Daniels

2:00 Session V. Solutions: A Panel Discussion

Moderator Theodore Hullar - IJC/International St. Lawrence River Board of Control

Mario Del Vicario - US Environmental Protection Agency

Anthony Eberhart - International Lake Ontario - St Lawrence River Study

Steve Eidt - NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Margaret Peet - Monroe County Department of Health

Ed Wheeler - Save Our Sodus

Margaret Wooster - Great Lakes United

3:30 Coffee break

3:50 Session VI. Turning Awareness into Action - What are regional models? Should old programs be refocused? Are new programs desirable? Is legislation needed?

Robert Brower - Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at Cayuga Community College

Theodore Hullar - IJC/International St. Lawrence River Board of Control

Strategies for an action framework based on conference presentations

4:45 Reception and Informal Caucus

Registration Information (top)

Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and registration materials.
Registration Fees Early        Regular
General Registration $35 $45
Early registrations etc. must be postmarked by April 19, 2002


Requests for full refunds must be postmarked by April 19. No refunds thereafter. Registrants who fail to attend and do not cancel by the given deadline are liable for the registration fee. Substitutions are allowed.


Check or voucher must accompany registration. No credit cards. There is a $10 invoicing fee for payment by voucher. Makes checks payable to Center for Environmental Information.

Please mail the registration form with your payment to:

Center for Environmental Information
North Coast Conference
55 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14604.

For more information call CEI at (585) 262-2870 or contact us by email at ceiroch@frontiernet.net.

Registration Form (top)

Please review Registration Information before completing this form

Click here for a printable form.

Location (top)

The Burgundy Basin is near I 490, Bushnell Basin, Exit 27, 10 miles southeast of Rochester.

How to get to Burgundy Basin from:

Rochester- 490 east to Exit #27, Turn right, go to 3rd light, turn right onto Marsh Road, over bridge to the First Bldg. on left.

Thruway- Exit 45 to 490W, to Exit #27, Turn right, go to 3rd light, turn right onto Marsh Road, over bridge to the First Bldg. on left.

Henrietta- RT 252, Thru Pittsford to Rt. 96 to Bushnell's Basin, at first light turn left onto Marsh Road, over bridge to the First Bldg. on left.

Phone 585-248-2660

Click here for printable directions and a map.

Accommodations: Should you wish to stay overnight in the area there are several hotels located in the Bushnell Basin area including:

Brookwood Inn 585-248-9000

Oliver Loud’s Inn 585-248-5200

The Lodge at Woodcliff 585-381-4000


CEI, 55 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 262-2870 email ceiroch@frontiernet.net

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