[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

GLIN==> U.S. EPA Awards $400,000 to Great Lakes Commission for Great LakesCoastal Wetlands Monitoring Consortium



On November 29, 2000, U.S. EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office
awarded a Cooperative Agreement to the Great Lakes Commission for the first
large scale, binational, collaborative effort to assess the ecological
health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.  A consortium brought together by
the Great Lakes Commission will (1) design and validate indicators to
assess the ecological integrity of Great Lakes coastal wetlands; (2) design
an implementable, long-term program to monitor Great Lakes coastal
wetlands; and (3) create and populate a binational database accessible to
all scientists, decision makers, and the public.

U.S. EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office has contributed $400,000 and
the other consortium members are contributing over $200,000.  This
consortium currently includes Great Lakes wetland scientists and resource
managers from both Federal governments, states/provinces, non-profit
organizations, and academia.  Similar funding levels are expected each of
the next 2 years.

This award is premised on the recognized need to assess the health of Great
Lakes coastal wetlands, which are an integral part of the Great Lakes basin
ecosystem. Coastal wetlands have critically important ecological values and
functions, yet there are currently few basinwide data available for
assessing their ecological health.  For this reason, a suite of 13 Great
Lakes coastal wetland indicators was presented at the 1998 State of the
Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC).  An assessment of five of these
indicators was recently presented at SOLEC 2000 in Hamilton, Ontario.  The
consortium's work will expand the monitoring and reporting capabilities of
the U.S. and Canada under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

For additional information, contact Karen Rodriguez, U.S. EPA Great Lakes
National Program Office, at 312-353-2690 or  rodriguez.karen@epa.gov.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
glin-announce is hosted by the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN):
http://www.great-lakes.net
To subscribe: http://www.glin.net/forms/glin-announce_form.html
To post a message: http://www.glin.net/forms/glin-announce_post.html
To search the archive: http://www.glin.net/lists/glin-announce/
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *