The Research Foundation of State University of New York restored sedge/grass wetland to more than 9 acres of agricultural land along Salmon Creek at Braddock Bay of Lake Ontario. Invasive species were controlled, a native wetland seed mix was planted, and adjoining buffer areas were planted in native upland grass. Some adjacent lands were excavated to increase the size of the restoration area, and shallow channels were cut to connect restoration areas to Salmon Creek to allow fish access. This work increased the area of the habitat type that has been most severely impacted by lake-level regulation.
“Support from Sustain Our Great Lakes for our project, Restoring Lake Ontario Sedge/Grass Wetland (#21419), provided the opportunity to turn purchase of former agricultural land by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation into a restoration project. Much of the sedge/grass meadow in embayments and drowned river mouths of Lake Ontario has been lost as a result lake-level regulation. SOGL support allowed wetland scientists at SUNY–The College at Brockport to partner with NYSDEC to till, seed, plant, monitor results, and apply adaptive management on the newly-acquired land. Four years later, sedges are now very prominent in many areas and upland invasive plants have declined. SOGL support also furthered scientific understanding of the restoration process in wetlands in this setting and may benefit future Great Lakes wetland restoration projects.” – Douglas A. Wilcox, Ph.D., PWS Empire Innovation Professor of Wetland Science Department of Environmental Science and Biology SUNY College at Brockport