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Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council



Announcing the kick-off meeting for the

Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council
http://wi.water.usgs.gov/lmmcc/index.html

April 12-13, 1999
General Services Administration Conference Center, Room 331
Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

Council Overview

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Region 5 Lake
Michigan Team and the U.S. Geological Survey, together with numerous
other federal, state, tribal and local agencies, are forming the Lake
Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council.  Following the lead of the
National Water Quality Monitoring Council and numerous state-level
councils, the Lake Michigan council will foster cooperation and
coordination among groups involved in all types of water monitoring
activities in the Lake Michigan basin.  The Lake Michigan council is the
first such entity to be based on an ecosystem, rather than political
boundaries.

Preliminary goals for the Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council
are to provide a forum for effective communication, cooperation and
collaboration among individuals and organizations involved in
monitoring; promote the development of collaborative watershed-based
monitoring strategies; document activities and identify data gaps in the
Lake Michigan basin; and promote monitoring and data management
procedures that facilitate efficient exchange of information.
Ultimately, council members hope to develop a systematic water quality
monitoring plan for Lake Michigan.

Meeting Overview

The kick-off meeting of the Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination
Council will begin at noon on Monday, April 12 and continue through noon
on Tuesday, April 13.  The meeting is free and open to all interested
parties.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the concept of and purpose
for the council; review current monitoring programs and their
applications in the Lake Michigan basin; and develop a mission
statement, charter and membership for the Lake Michigan council.  Dr.
Emery Cleaves, chair of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council–the
nation's first–will be the guest speaker and will discuss his work with
the Maryland council and his recommendations for the Lake Michigan
council.

Contacts

For more information on the April 12-13 meeting or the Lake Michigan
Monitoring Coordination Council in general, contact

Judy Beck, Lake Michigan Team Manager, U.S. EPA, Region 5
312-353-3849, beck.judy@epamail.epa.gov

or

Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission
734-665-9135, mdoss@glc.org

Additional information on the Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination
Council is available at the council’s website:
http://wi.water.usgs.gov/lmmcc/index.html.  The site includes a list of
links to related sites, including the National Water Quality Monitoring
Council and the Maryland Water Monitoring Council.