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 Committees and Subcommittees

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Public Involvement Committee

Contact Information:

US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Ms. Rita Garner (Acting Co-chair)
(312) 886-2440

Environment Canada (EC)
Ms. Marlene O'Brien (Co-Chair)
(905) 336-4552

Committee Charge: To develop a public involvement strategy that fosters effective two-way communication with the public, based on the three tier approach in the Concept Paper.

Beneficial Use Impairment Assessment Subcommittee

Contact Info:

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
Ms. Lauren Lambert (Co-Chair)
(614) 644-2865

Environment Canada (EC)
Ms. Janet Planck (Co-Chair)
(905) 336-6282

Committee Charge: To initiate a beneficial use impairment assessment, with an initial focus on the 14 beneficial use impairments listed in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, as an important step towards the identification of actions for restoration and protection of Lake Erie.

Current Focus: Individual assessment reports are being written for each of the 14 potentially impaired uses of Lake Erie. The current efforts of the Beneficial Use Impairment Assessment Subcommittee (BUIASC) are focused on completion of the following reports:

Ecosystem Objectives Subcommittee

Contact Information:

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Mr. Roger Knight (Co-Chair)
Telephone:  (419) 625-8063
Email:  roger.knight@dnr.state.oh.us

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR)
Mr. Phil Ryan (Co-Chair)
Telephone:  (519) 583-0981
Email:  ryanph@epo.gov.on.ca

Committee Charge: To develop ecosystem objectives to help guide Lake Erie LaMP efforts and develop a variety of indicators to measure progress towards meeting objectives.

Current Focus: The key to developing useful ecosystem objectives is to reconcile public values with ecological reality. Consequently, Ecosystems Objectives Subcommittee (EOSC) efforts to date have revolved around defining the reality of the Lake Erie ecosystem in a manner that can be readily understood by a variety of decision-makers.

To date over 4,000 statements or "rules" about the Lake Erie Ecosystem have been compiled by a group of experts. For example, "walleye are common or abundant if the quantity of spawning habitat is high". The Lake Erie ecosystem "rules " are the basis for development of a Lake Erie ecosystem model.

The model is currently being developed and tested. Once complete, the model will allow interested users to obtain responses to queries about the Lake Erie ecosystem. For example, if my proposed ecosystem objective is "abundant walleye", the model will tell me what other conditions will be present in the Lake Erie ecosystem when walleye are abundant. The model output will be used to facilitate selection of final Lake Erie ecosystem objectives from a larger list of potential objectives.

Sources And Loadings Subcommittee

Contact Information:

US Geological Survey
Ms. Donna Myers (Co-chair)
Telephone:  (614) 430-7768
Email:  dnmyers@usgs.gov

Environment Canada (EC)
Mr. Scott Painter (Co-Chair)
Telephone:  (905) 336-4641
Email:  scott.painter@cciw.ca

Committee Charge: To identify sources of pollutants identified by the LaMP Work Group as "pollutants of interest" in Lake Erie. These pollutants are identified through the beneficial use impairment assessment process or are suspected of having a potential impact on Lake Erie. All available information for municipal and industrial dischargers, tributaries, landfill and hazardous waste sites, sediments, atmospheric emissions, urban and agricultural runoff, water column concentrations, and fish tissue will be examined. Where possible, methodologies will be developed to calculate loadings of these pollutants to the lake. The results of this work, in combination with the beneficial use impairment assessment, will be used by the Work Group to determine the critical pollutants for Lake Erie.

Current Focus: The Sources and Loadings Subcommittee is compiling the above data and has created a data base called LIMS to contain the information that has been collected to date. Much additional information, particularly for nonpoint sources, is still being researched and compiled. The initial efforts have focused on PCBs, mercury, DDT and metabolites, chlordane, dioxin, dieldrin, and phosphorus as the fast-track pollutants of interest in the lake. All additional contaminants considered to be bioaccumulative chemicals of concern under the U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Guidance, the Canada-Ontario Agreement, and the Binational Toxics Strategy will be included in the final report and is also being collected now. Some of the key challenges to compiling pollution source information into a useable format and calculating pollutant loadings include:

Management Committee

Contact Information:

US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Ms. Jo Lynn Traub (Co-Chair)
Telephone: (312) 886-0126

Environment Canada (EC)
Mr. Simon Llewellyn (Co-Chair)
Telephone: (416) 739-5839

Role and Functions:

The Management Committee oversees the development of the Lake Erie LaMP. This binational committee includes managers responsible for water quality and natural resource management for their respective federal, state and provincial governments. 

Members of the Management Committee make the final decisions regarding the LaMP. They act on Work Group recommendations and decide on overall feasibility and funding of LaMP recommendations. Further details regarding Management Committee responsibilities are outlined in the Concept Paper.

Work Group

Co-chairs Contact Information:

US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Ms. Francine Norling (Co-Chair)
Telephone:  (312) 886-0271
Email:  norling.francine@epamail.epa.gov

Environment Canada (EC)
Ms. Sandra George (Co-Chair)
Telephone:  (905) 336-6284
Email:  sandra.e.george@ec.ca

Roles and Functions:

The Work Group is comprised of government representatives who direct and coordinate the variety of activities required to develop and implement the Lake Erie LaMP. The specific responsibilities of the Work Group are outlined in the Concept Paper.


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