Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council

The Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council was formed in 1999 to support monitoring efforts in the Lake Michigan basin as they relate to the needs of the Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP). The Council provides a forum to identify gaps and establish monitoring priorities, exchange information and form partnerships, and promote standardized methodologies for collecting and managing data to reduce costs and facilitate access to information across agency and jurisdictional boundaries.

The Council has a diverse membership representing federal, state, tribal, and local governments, watershed groups, the volunteer and environmental communities, universities, and the regulated community. The Great Lakes Commission helped to found the Council and currently provides administrative and staff support to it.

The mission of the Lake Michigan Coordinating Council is to provide a forum for coordinating and supporting monitoring activities in the Lake Michigan basin. It also aims to develop and make broadly available a shared resource of information, based on documented standards and protocols, that is usable across agency and jurisdictional boundaries. The Council generally meets once each year in person at a different location in the Lake Michigan basin and once via conference call with webinar. These meetings and feedback from constituents shape the Council’s workplan and activities.

Project Narrative

Each year organizations devote enormous amounts of time, energy, and money to monitor, protect, manage, and restore the Lake Michigan watershed. Critical differences in monitoring objectives, methods, data analysis, and data management often make it difficult to share monitoring information and results.

The Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council was formed in 1999 to provide a regional forum for coordinating and supporting consistent, scientifically defensible monitoring methods and strategies in the Lake Michigan basin. The focus of the Council is to improve monitoring collaboration and data comparability and to define a regional agenda for monitoring and assessment of the Lake Michigan basin.

The Council has members-representing federal, state, tribal, and local governments, watershed groups, the volunteer and environmental communities, universities, and the regulated community. The Council meets twice per year in locations throughout the watershed. Council meetings, biennial conferences, and feedback from constituents shapes the Council’s work plan and activities. The Council develops goals, each with an active working group, whose broad membership will expand the core Council membership.

Project Partners

Funding

This project is funded through an agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the USGS – Great Lakes Science Center.

For More Information

John Hummer
Project Manager/Contractor
Great Lakes Commission
517-536-0566
jhummer@glc.org

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