Lake Michigan Pilot Study of the National Monitoring Network Home
Lake Michigan has been chosen as one of three pilot study sites for use in the development of the National Water Quality Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and their Tributaries, commonly known as the National Monitoring Network (NMN). The NMN is a response to a recommendation by the U.S. Oceans Commission for a national monitoring network that can provide the information necessary for effective stewardship of ocean and coastal resources. The pilot study will test and refine the NMN design across a broad range of Lake Michigan resource components, from upland watersheds to offshore waters.
The pilot study will examine current Lake Michigan monitoring and gaps in relation to the proposed NMN design specifications. During the project, Lake Michigan monitoring stakeholders will test and refine the NMN design for nine resource components (see below). The project may serve as a catalyst for enhanced monitoring coordination throughout the Great Lakes basin. Work on the pilot study is scheduled to be completed by January 2008. The next demonstration phase is anticipated to begin shortly thereafter, and most likely will involve improvements to existing monitoring sites, and installation of new sites, sensors, and data systems needed to fill critical data gaps in selected regions.
For more information, see http://acwi.gov/monitoring/network or http://wi.water.usgs.gov/lmmcc.
Resource Component Workgroups