Now in its second round of funding, Onondaga Environmental Institute (OEI) will work with partners to enlist and train students and volunteers to become boat stewards and assistant boat stewards. This program will assist in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in and out of Onondaga and Oneida Lakes. Onondaga Lake and Oneida Lake are of great ecological and recreational importance in the region, and both have been impacted by aquatic invasive species considered high and very high priority in New York State. This program will help fulfill a present need and assist in preventing the further spread and impact of aquatic invasive species in Onondaga and Oneida Lakes.
The program will occur at multiple public boat launches within Onondaga County. A training program for stewards will be developed and implemented by OEI and its partners. Once training is completed, the stewards will be deployed to educate boaters, conduct boat inspections, and decontaminate boats. The boater education will include information on how to manage boats in a manner that prevents the spread of aquatic invasive species. Data will be collected that can be used to inform prevention and control measures at both the local and regional levels.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About ONONDAGA ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE INC
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The mission of the Onondaga Environmental Institute (OEI) is to advance environmental research, education, planning and restoration in Central New York. OEI seeks responsible stewardship of the local environs as a means to achieving the overall goal of sustainability. Philosophy: OEI recognizes that human life and ecological systems are inter-related and have intrinsic value; that ecosystem preservation is a moral imperative and collective responsibility, which depends on sound knowledge and conscientious dissemination and application of that knowledge.
The OEI will lead and support research with application to its mission and of value to the public, governments, natural resource management and regulatory agencies, business, and industry. The OEI will engage the academic and scientific communities through collaborative, interdisciplinary investigations involving a wide array of subject areas. In particular, studies that monitor biota, soil, water, and air quality, or assess the fate and effects of biological, chemical or physical agents, stressors or ecological entities causing environmental perturbation will be used to evaluate implications, efficacy or risks associated with past, present or future anthropogenic activity. Research protocols and experimental designs must be technically sound, utilize current and traditional knowledge, and state-of-art technologies, follow professionally accepted practices or the scientific method, and provide data that are appropriate for evaluating the prescribed hypothesis. The OEI encourages publication of OEI funded research in the peer reviewed literature.