Dear Colleague, Environment Canada, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Ontario Ministry of Environment, and the US Environmental Protection Agency pledged their cooperation to restore the shared upper connecting channel Areas of Concern in 1998. The Four Agencies have agreed to coordinate and facilitate monitoring efforts to establish baseline conditions and track progress toward the restoration of beneficial uses. As an initial step towards that goal, the Four Agencies need to identify existing monitoring programs. Monitoring programs of interest include ambient environmental monitoring as well as permit, utility, and municipal monitoring. The specific areas of interest are: * the St. Mary's River from Lake Superior to Lake Huron including its binational watersheds; * the St. Clair River and Detroit River from Lake Huron to Lake Erie including their binational watersheds as well as Lake St. Clair. We are asking you to circulate the attached form to those organizations which operate existing monitoring programs in the specified areas. The Four Agencies will use the responses to plan discussions with monitoring agencies in a number of ways including a possible workshop(s). The purpose of the discussions would be to foster communication, collaboration, consistency, effectiveness, and data access. The attached file is an Adobe pdf file which you can print, fill out, and fax back to Scott Painter at Environment Canada (905-336-4609). If you have problems printing out the file or questions regarding the survey please contact Scott at 905-336-4641 or email@example.com. I would like to receive your response by mid-June if possible so that the agencies can begin their discussions, however late responses will not be ignored. The top third of the form asks for information about yourself and your program. The middle third asks you to identify which impaired use(s) the monitoring program addresses. The bottom third deals with specifics such as the frequency of monitoring, the media being monitored and the chemicals/parameters being monitored. Please circulate this message and its attachment to others whom you feel would be conducting relevant monitoring. I would like to thank you in advance for your commitment to this exercise.