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  Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs)
in the Great Lakes Region

Overview | General Resources | Publications | Forums | Related Resources

 
Overview
Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs) stem from the 1987 amendments to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed by the United States and Canada in 1972. This historic agreement committed both countries "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem." To meet this commitment, the two governments agreed to develop and implement LaMPs for open lake waters and Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) for specific geographic Areas of Concern (AOCs). LaMPs are intended to identify critical pollutants that affect beneficial uses of the lakes and to present strategies, recommendations and policy options to restore those beneficial uses. LaMPs for lakes Erie, Michigan, Ontario and Superior have been developed with guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada. Through an iterative approach, these documents will be updated and re-released every two years to incorporate new data and public input.

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General Resources
Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
The LaMP provides a framework for agencies, organizations and individuals to coordinate activities that they are already working on, and to propose new activities to improve the environmental quality of Lake Erie.

Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Provides the most updated information on the Lake Michigan LaMP.

Lake Superior Binational Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
This program has focused on the entire ecosystem of Lake Superior, its air, land, water and human and wildlife. Provides links to the most updated information on the Lakes Superior LaMP.

Lakewide Management Plan for Lake Ontario
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
The Lake Ontario LaMP will serve as a plan of action to restore and protect Lake Ontario. It will provide a way to better coordinate the work of the agencies involved and others working to improve the Lake Ontario ecosystem.

LakeWide Management Plans (LaMPS)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Links to the most updated information on all of the Lakewide Management Plans.

Niagara River Toxics Management Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
The NRTMP Work Plan describes the actions that the Four Parties and individual agencies are taking or will take to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals going into the Niagara River from various sources, and to monitor progress.

The Lake Huron Binational Partnership
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Information on the Lake Huron Binational Partnership Action Plan – 2004 to address basinwide concerns in Lake Huron.

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Publications
Lakewide Management Plans: An Ecosystem Approach to Protecting the Great Lakes (PDF)
Great Lakes Commission
This document provides an overview of the Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) process, a brief summary of the LaMP updates released in 2004, and U.S. and Canadian contacts for each LaMP. Background also is included on additional lakewide initiatives for Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair.

LaMPs 2008: Lakewide Management Plan Updates for the Great Lakes
Great Lakes Commission
This document provides an overview of the Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) process, a brief summary of the LaMP updates released in 2008, and U.S. and Canadian contacts for each LaMP. Background also is included on additional lakewide initiatives for Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair.

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Forums
Lake Erie Binational Public Forum
The Forum provides input on the Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP), which aims to restore and protect the beneficial uses of the lake.

Lake Michigan Forum
The Lake Michigan Forum was established as part of the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) as the central vehicle for stakeholder participation in developing and implementing the LaMP. Check here for information about the Lake Michigan LaMP.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Land Use in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Remedial Action Plans for Great Lakes Areas of Concern
GLIN: Toxic Contamination in the Great Lakes Region

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