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Workshop & Meeting Proceedings
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October 2009 - Milwaukee, WI
The annual meeting for the U.S. Areas of Concern (AOC) program convened over 160 participants to review recent developments affecting the program; discuss approaches for implementing delisting targets; build capacity to implement on-the-ground restoration actions; identify opportunities to address AOC restoration priorities under President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; improve linkages between the AOCs, Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs) and other programs; and consider actions that will strengthen the regional U.S. AOC program. Agenda highlights included keynote remarks from Todd Ambs, Water Division Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and breakout sessions on a number of topics important to the AOCs.
August 2009 - East Lansing, MI
In his FY2010 budget, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, with a substantial portion dedicated to cleaning up the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The purpose of the workshop was to identify restoration priorities in Michigan’s 14 Areas of Concern and develop partnerships and other arrangements to prepare proposals and seek funding for key restoration projects. At the workshop, staff from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality reviewed restoration needs in Michigan’s Areas of Concern. Representatives from U.S. EPA and other federal agencies discussed funding opportunities under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Local leaders from Michigan’s Areas of Concern were also present to discuss restoration needs, network with project partners and consider next steps for preparing funding proposals.
July 2006 - Erie, PA
This meeting convened participants from the 12 Lake Erie AOCs to network and enhance communication; review recent developments affecting the AOC program; identify opportunities to expedite progress on key AOC tasks; and improve linkages between the AOCs and the Lake Erie Lakewide Management Plan. The program provided an overview of AOC and lakewide management efforts on Lake Erie; a review of opportunities for Lake Erie’s AOCs to benefit from federal and state programs; and examples of how local RAP groups have developed the capacity needed to advance restoration efforts in their AOCs.
February 2006 - Kalamazoo, MI
This AOC Summit convened federal, state and local Remedial Action Plan participants to begin implementation of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) new Guidance for Delisting Michigan's Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The delisting guidance identifies specific criteria that the State of Michigan will use to determine when beneficial use impairments (BUIs) in the AOCs have been restored. It also outlines the process the state will use to track progress in restoring the BUIs and ultimately support delisting of Michigan's AOCs. The purpose of the AOC Summit was to formally present the guidance and begin the process of applying it in Michigan's 14 AOCs.
May 2005 - Erie, PA
This workshop was convened to help establish delisting targets for the Presque Isle Bay Area of Concern (PIB AOC). The PIB AOC Sediment Subcommittee and representatives of the national Science Advisory Group on Sediment Quality Assessment met to:
The delisting targets will also provide a basis for designing a long-term monitoring program that will provide the data required to assess trends in sediment quality conditions and to support sediment management decisions in PIB.
July 2004 - Monroe, MI
This workshop outlined a process for achieving restoration goals and delisting fish and wildlife impairments in Michigan's Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Workshop presentations assessed the status of restoration efforts for fish and wildlife in the Areas of Concern and provided a recommended “pathway” for establishing measurable targets for fish and wildlife habitat, populations, and benthic communities.
June 2003 - Romulus, MI
This workshop advanced efforts to restore and delist Great Lakes Areas of Concern by facilitating the development of measurable restoration targets for beneficial use impairments in the AOCs. The workshop also informed RAP participants about the role of restoration targets in documenting progress toward, and ultimately achieving, AOC delisting and identified tools for developing measurable goals for beneficial uses.
November 2002 - University Center, MI
This workshop reviewed federal and state programs for assessing, monitoring and reporting on progress in restoring beneficial uses in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The workshop included case studies of the latest technologies and management approaches for restoring environmental quality in the Great Lakes and a review of guidelines for delisting the Areas of Concern. It also reviewed options for setting quantifiable restoration goals for beneficial use impairments.