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Securing New York's Water Future

Environmental Advocates of New York

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $90,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2002–May 31, 2005
  • Location Albany, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus New York

About this grant

Both citizens and government officials have expressed concern over recent proposals to divert large quantities of water from the Great Lakes basin. In response to such proposals, the Great Lakes governors and Canadian provincial premiers created a supplement to the Great Lakes Charter, Annex 2001, that sets the principles for a new and uniform water management system for the basin. The Annex would allow a withdrawal or diversion only under specific conditions. While the Annex is a major accomplishment, a binding agreement must now be developed and approved by Congress to implement the Annex.Multiyear funding will support efforts to educate and engage the public; inform the media of developments regarding implementation of the Annex; and inform opinion leaders about the benefits of fully implementing the Annex. Activities will include developing and delivering educational materials regarding Annex issues to city councils, town and village boards, planning boards, homeowners’ associations and chambers of commerce; encouraging broad stakeholder involvement; and providing educational materials to opinion leaders throughout New York.Environmental Advocates of New York, founded in 1969, works to safeguard public health and preserve New York’s unique natural heritage through partnership building, leadership education and policy work.