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GLIN==> Great Lakes Plankton and Benthos - request for proposals







GLNPO is requesting proposals for the development and implementation of a
"research-monitoring" program to adequately track changes in the biotic
community and to understand the underlying causes of the changes, and for
providing field sampling support, sample analysis, data interpretation,
statistical analysis, and report writing to support its biological monitoring
program.


The Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has been conducting annual biological monitoring of the Great
Lakes since 1983.  The main purpose of the biological program is to monitor and
interpret  trends in Great Lakes water quality.  The monitoring effort is
focused on whole lake responses to changes in loadings of anthropogenic
substances, so sampling is largely restricted to the relatively homogeneous
offshore waters of each lake.  Phytoplankton and zooplankton have been an
integral part of the program since 1983, while benthos was added to the program
in 1997.  The community structure of the biota has been rapidly changing in many
areas of the Great Lakes in recent years.


                                                                     
 The deadline for receipt of proposals is October 27, 2000.  All     
 proposals will be reviewed, and the successful applicant notified   
 by December 20, 2000.                                               
                                                                     
                                                                     
 Proposals (5 copies) should be submitted to:                        
                                                                     
                                                                     
      Evelyn Cabrera                                                 
      Great Lakes National Program Office (G-17J)                    
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency                           
      77 W. Jackson Blvd.                                            
      Chicago, IL 60604-3590                                         
                                                                     
                                                                     
 Proposals should not exceed 20 pages in length and will be          
 evaluated against the above criteria.  Applicants seeking           
 additional information regarding the project may contact:           
                                                                     
                                                                     
      Marc Tuchman                                                   
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency                           
      Great Lakes National Program Office                            
      PH: (312) 353-1369                                             
      E-MAIL: tuchman.marc@epa.gov                                   
                                                                     







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