Cornell University is conducting a study to determine the impacts high-water levels on Lake Ontario are having on lake-front properties. New York Sea Grant, a state and federally matched research program, awarded the funding for the project.

Researchers are currently trying to get the word out to stakeholders who own coastal property. Anyone who owns property along the south and east coasts of Lake Ontario is asked to take the survey, whether or not they’ve been affected by flooding yet.

“This effort is in response to stakeholder requests for a standardized method to collect data on the impacts of high water levels on waterfront properties,” the flyer reads.

NYSG said the immediate benefits of the survey include identifying the most vulnerable areas to high-water and documenting the current flooding event. In the future, researchers said the study could be used to leverage funds to make communities more adaptable to higher-water levels and be used in community-level flood resistance planning.