MOUNT MORRIS — Genesee RiverWatch is hosting a workshop on March 28 in the Visitors Center at the Mt. Morris Dam. The topic is "Streambank Restoration in the Middle Genesee River Basin.”

This event is open to the public, which is encouraged to join the conversation.

Streambank restoration reduces sediment and phosphorus loads to the Genesee River by reducing erosion and run-off.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

Provide an overview of Genesee RiverWatch's work on a basin-wide restoration plan to restore streambanks.

Review the Genesee RiverWatch study that identified the magnitude of restoration needed in the Middle Basin.

Solicit feedback and input on options to identify areas in need of restoration.

Discuss technical options to stabilize streambanks.

The event will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The Mt. Morris Dam Visitors Center is located at 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mt. Morris, NY.

Free snacks and beverages will be provided. Registration is required. Register at https://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=10422

For questions regarding this event email cei@ceinfo.org

Genesee Valley Landowner Workshops April 11

MOUNT MORRIS — Genesee Valley Conservancy and Livingston County Cooperative Extension are happy to bring you the 3rd annual Genesee Valley Landowner Workshops Wednesday, April 11 from 5-9:15 p.m.

The workshops are intended to provide a variety of landowners the opportunity to learn land management strategies and practices that will assist them in reaching their land ownership goals.

Time blocks include the following workshops:

5-6 p.m.: Silvaculture-What it means to Manage your Woodlot, Black Bears in New York, or The Value of Hedgerows.

6-7: Young Forest Initiative, Hunting Leases - A Legal Perspective, or Emerging Invasive Species in WNY.

8:15-9:15: 45 year Management History of a Small Woodlot, The Wild Harvest Table, or Particulars of Agricultural Land Leases.

The concurrent workshops will be held at: Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, 100 Lackawanna Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.

The cost is $25/person, which includes three workshops and dinner. For more info or to register, visit http://www.geneseevalleyconservancy.org/events

Great Lakes Sediment, Nutrient Reduction Funding available

The Great Lakes Commission has announced the request for proposals (RFP) for the 2018 Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program grant program. Funding for the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

For program year 2018, two grant options are being offered: watershed-scale projects and site-specific projects. Grants provided under this year’s program will focus on reducing sediment and phosphorus runoff into the Great Lakes through either the installation of long-term structural practices or implementation of nutrient management/”4R” type programs.

In NYS, the Genesee River is identified as a high priority watershed under this program. The maximum request for each application will be capped at no more than $200,000. Applicants must be nonfederal units of government or incorporated nonprofit organizations. A 25% match will be required of each project. A total of $800,000 in project funding is available.

Applications are due by 6 p.m. on March 26 with final decisions anticipated in June 2018, and selected projects up to three years in duration beginning on Oct. 1. Please visit www.keepingitontheland.net for more information.

NYSDEC Great Lakes staff encourages applicants to review TMDL and/or 9 element plans to identify projects within high priority locations in NY’s Great Lakes watershed. These plans can be reviewed at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/93615.html

To discuss project proposals with Great Lakes program staff, email greatlakes@dec.ny.gov