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Washington D.C. The International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes
issued its 11th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water quality this
morning at the National Press Club. The report highlights three critical
issues Canada and the United States must address in order to restore the
Great Lakes: “cleaning up sediment contaminated with toxic substances,
preventing further introductions of alien invasive species, and
improving the monitoring and reporting of ecosystem health, especially
through the use of understandable ecological ‘indicators.’”

Listed below are some experts from NOAA’s National Sea Grant Program who
can offer comments on water quality and other Great Lakes issues. Feel
free to contact them directly.  Should you need additional information
please feel free to contact the Sea Grant Media Relations Office at
202-662-7095 or seagrant@nationalpress.com


Mark Breederland
Michigan Sea Grant Extension Agent,
Southeast Michigan Area
Phone: (810) 989-6323,
Email: breederm@msue.msu.edu
Michigan State University Extension, Port Huron, MI
Topics: Waterfront development; water quality; water resources

Jennifer Read
Assistant Director, Michigan Sea Grant
Phone: (734) 936-3622, Email: jenread@umich.edu
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Topics: Great Lakes pollution policy; Great Lakes bi-national
(Canada-United States) relations and institutions; Great Lakes history,
culture and society.


Richard Axler
Research Associate, Center for Water and the Environment, Natural
Resources Research Institute
Phone: (218) 720-4316, Lab Phone: (218) 720-4279,
Email: raxler@nrri.umn.edu
University of Minnesota at Duluth
Topics:  Nutrient cycling; food chain dynamics; responses of aquatic
ecosystems to pollutants; acid rain impacts.

Patrick Brezonic
Professor, Environmental Engineering Sciences; Director, Water Resources
Center; Director of Graduate Studies, Water Resources Science Program
Phone: (612) 625-0866 or (612) 624-9282,
Email: brezo001@tc.umn.edu
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Topics:  Eutrophication of lakes; excess nutrients; nonpoint source
pollution; atmospheric deposition of pollutants; mercury contamination;
water quality issues.

Cynthia Hagley
Assistant Professor,
Minnesota Sea Grant Water Quality Extension Educator
Phone: (218) 726-8713, Email: chagley@d.umn.edu
University of Minnesota - Duluth, Duluth, MN
Topics: Aquatic plant ecology and management;
coastal zone management; water quality; best management practices;
wetland ecology and management; EPA criteria and standards.

Randall Hicks
Associate Professor of Biology and Biology Dept. Head
Phone: (218) 726-7263, Email: rhicks@d.umn.edu
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Topics: Viruses in Lake Superior; aquatic microbial ecology; organic
geochemistry;detrital dynamics.

Carl Richards
Director of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN
Phone: (218) 726-8710, Email: crichard@d.umn.edu
Topics: Influence of the land on stream ecosystems; development of
ecological criteria for watersheds; stream
restoration; ecological effects of Eurasian ruffe in Great Lakes
ecosystems; development of biocriteria for estuaries and streams;
identification and quantification of lake trout spawning habitat in the
Great Lakes; aquatic
ecology; use of GIS for fisheries and aquatic ecosystem management.

Deborah L. Swackhamer
Associate Professor, Environmental and
Occupational Health
University of Minnesota, School of Public Health,
Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone: (612) 626-0435, Email: dswack@tc.umn.edu
Topics: Environmental toxicology and chemistry; limnology; contaminant


Jeffrey M. Reutter
Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, F.T. Stone Laboratory, Center
for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR), and the Great Lakes Aquatic
Ecosystem Research Consortium (GLAERC)
Phone: (614) 292-8949, Email: reutter.1@osu.edu
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Topics: Lake Erie ecology; non-indigenous species - zebra mussels;
coastal economic development; science education; Lake Erie “Dead Zone.”

David A. Culver
Professor, Department of Zoology
Phone: (614) 292-6995, Email: culver.3@osu.edu
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Topics: Plankton ecology, Great Lakes; Effects of nutrient input changes
on algae and zooplankton dynamics; Introduced species including zebra
mussels, round gobies, and amphipods; Importance of fluid dynamics of
lakes on the connection between benthic and planktonic communities;
Ecology of nuisance algal blooms; Lake Erie “Dead Zone.”

Robert T. Heath
Professor, Director of the Water Resources Research Institute,
Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: (330) 672-7828, Email: rheath@kent.edu
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Topics: Ecosystem ecology of Lake Erie; Phosphorous and carbon dynamics
at the base of the food chain; Interactions between algae and bacteria;
Origin, fate, and importance of dissolved organic materials, especially
dissolved organic phosphorous-containing compounds; Great Lakes coastal
wetlands; Influence of zebra mussels on algal community composition and
on ecosystem functions such as carbon and phosphorous cycling and food
webs in the Great Lakes.

Fred Snyder
Ohio Sea Grant Extension Program Co-Coordinator
Phone: (419) 635-1022, Email: snyder.8@osu.edu
Ohio State University, Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH
Topics: Fisheries, Aquatic nuisance species, Ecosystems and Habitats

Frank Licktkoppler
Sea Grant Extension Program Co-Coordinator
Lake County Cooperative Extension
Phone: (440) 350-2582, Email: lichtkoppler.1@osu.edu
Ohio State University, Painesville, OH
Topics: Lake Erie resource protection and development; environmental
education; charter fishing; evaluation of public opinion and water
quality issues.

Ben Sherman
National Media Relations Director
National Sea Grant College Program
841 National Press Building
529 14th Street NW
Washington D.C. 20045-2277
Phone: 202-662-7095 Fax: 202-662-7093
E-Mail: Sherman@nasw.org
WWW News Media Center Site: http://www.seagrantnews.org

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