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GLIN==> Lake Erie Quality Index study web site




The Center for Environmental Science, Technology and Policy at Cleveland 
State University would like to announce the posting of an analysis and 
presentation of the Lake Erie Commission's Lake Erie Quality Index at: 
http://www.csuohio.edu/cestp/sol/index.html .  We invite you to explore the 
website, which is designed to provide background to the metrics and an 
exploration of them, for educational purposes.

The development of this web site was funded by a small project grant from 
the Lake Erie Protection Fund.  The website will soon also feature an 
Excel-based model that will allow one to explore the interactions of the 
metrics on which the LEQI is based.

The Lake Erie Quality Index is a composite of 10 separate indicators that 
reflect the quality of more specific aspects of the Lake, its environment 
and use. Four indicators directly assess the environment: Water Quality, 
Pollution Sources, Habitat, and Biological Diversity; and four others 
examine recreational use: Coastal Recreation, Fishing, Boating, and Beach 
Quality. The final two indicators examine economic impacts: Tourism and 
Shipping, which are two major industries of northern Ohio.

A new expanded and updated Lake Erie Quality Index is being prepared for 
2004 release by the Lake Erie Commission.  We are planning to apply for 
additional funding in order to present those results.  We thus welcome 
feedback about our web site.

Thank you,

Robert Krebs, Ph.D.  r.krebs@csuohio.edu
and
Carol Stepien, Ph.D.  c.stepien@csuohio.edu


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