- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Grants totaling $89,000 have been awarded to four projects aimed at helping Great Lakes coastal communities increase storm resiliency and protect water quality.

The grants were announced Tuesday by New York Sea Grant and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Communities along 700 miles of New York Great Lakes’ shoreline are vulnerable to storm surges, flooding, shoreline erosion, and overdevelopment.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will get $24,482 for projects targeting erosion along Grand Island’s shoreline.

The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Village of Sodus Point will get $25,000 to stabilize shoreline and protect wastewater infrastructure.

Other grants target the North Pond inlet and coastal dune barrier of Eastern Lake Ontario in Oswego County, and the impact of wind-driven standing waves on the Lake Erie shoreline.

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