Benefit Analysis and Outreach
Wednesday, February 2
Charlie Peters, U.S. Geological Survey
Laurie Rounds, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
John McKinney, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University
Ric Lawson, Great Lakes Commission
This workgroup focused on how best to illustrate the benefits of monitoring coordination to Council
members as well as those outside of the Council.
It was agreed that the best way to accomplish this would be to draft a brochure to promote the Council.
This brochure should provide some examples of existing collaborative efforts, as well as suggest other areas
where regional coordination would be beneficial. Local examples would be more meaningful to Council
The workgroup formed an initial list of current monitoring coordination projects inside and out of the Lake
• National Water Quality Monitoring Council
• Maryland Water Monitoring Council
• Other states: Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Florida
• Watershed groups, specifically the Grand Traverse Bay Initiative
• US Fish and Wildlife’s Lake Sturgeon Monitoring Plan
• Natural Resource Damage Assessments
• Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) — Great Lakes Fisheries Commission and Sea Grant Programs
This brochure could be distributed through networks at the Great Lakes Commission, Sea Grant, and
others. The Council could also have materials published in newsletters such as the AWRA and agency
publications. USGS could help prepare the brochure, but probably could not fund the printing or
It was also suggested that time be set aside at full Council meetings for presentations on existing
coordination projects. A local group such as the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council or Friends of the
St. Joseph would be good for the Kalamazoo meeting. Other options include the Grand Traverse Bay
Initiative or a presentation on ANS collaboration.
It also will be necessary to set aside some time to discuss funding at the next Council meeting. The
NWQMC gets funding from several federal agencies and struggles to keep going, while the state groups
have funding provided through legislative mandates.
Action Items: Peters will draft an annotated outline for the brochure and send it out to the group.
Lawson will develop a draft agenda for the April 11 Council meeting and examine possibilities for
including speakers and discussions about membership and funding. He will also contact groups
local to Kalamazoo for possible presenters. A second conference call will be scheduled sometime
in March to discuss the brochure and presentations.