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Great Lakes Biological Monitoring Program

This $2.5M, five-year program (2  7-2 12) focuses on the collection   and analysis of field samples of chlorophyll a, zooplankton, and   benthic invertebrate communities from all five Great Lakes. USEPA's   Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) has been running this   annual Great Lakes research and monitoring program since the early   198 s. This effort was originally initiated to fulfill EPA's   obligations under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA)   and has focused on whole lake responses to change in loadings of   anthropogenic substances, such as phosphorus and contaminants, and   to the establishment of nonindigenous species. In order to assess   lakewide responses to these events, sampling generally occurs in the   offshore waters of each lake.     Expected Outcomes:  -Improved phosphorous control strategies   -Improved monitoring for new invasive species   -Improved ability to predict impacts on the lower food web from   invaders and to determine their effects on fisheries   -Improved management for the Great Lakes fish stocking program     (AIS); (aquatic invasive species); (ANS); (aquatic nuisance   species); (phosphorous); (eutrophication); (phosphorous loading);   (phosphorous loadings); (loading); (loadings); (plankton);   (zooplankton); (exotic species); (nutrient); (nutrients)

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Don ScaviaPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 2 projects
Environmental Protection Agency $ 2,500,000.00USDEstimates

Funding 21 projects for a total of $7,345,444.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Literature / Existing Data
Scale of Phenomena
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Resource Management
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
Lake Ontario
Lake Superior
Purpose of Project
Loadings Determination
Resource Management
Special Survey
Number of Sampling Entities
Region Being Monitored
Near and OpenShore Waters
Resource Being Monitored
Bottom Sediment
Plankton / Microorganisms
Suspended Sediments
Program Drivers
Canada - U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Degradation of Benthos
Degradation of Phytoplankton or Zooplankton Populations
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
Control And Mitigation
Integrated Control Strategy
Ecosystem Effects
Food Web Structure
Spread of Established ANS Populations
Predictive Models
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
Aquatic Nuisance Species
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats

The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Research Inventory is an
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up-to-date information about research projects in the
Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Region.