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Great Lakes Regional Research Information Network

NOAA Sea Grant Regional Planning Workshop

May 7, 2007

Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D.

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Objectives—1 of 6

  • Modeled after LEMN: 2 academic and 2 agency leads

  • Voluntary, non-regulatory, bi-national, and inclusive: all 8 states and Ontario, academia, private sector, NGOs, etc

  • Initiated by NOAA Sea Grant, but fundable by any agency or group, and permanent

  • Add value to existing programs

  • Enhance collaboration and communication of research, education, and outreach results and priorities within the Great Lakes network

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Objectives—2 of 6

  • Provide a network for coordination, collaboration, communication and resource sharing.

  • Assist the IJC Council of Great Lakes Research Managers in developing and implementing their Great Lakes Research Strategy.

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Objectives—3 of 6

  • Better coordinate academic research scientists and enhance interactions between academic and agency scientists

  • Provide a single point of contact for each lake to reach all research scientists on that lake and all scientists in the region

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Objectives—4 of 6

  • Build research capacity on each lake

  • Facilitate rapid response to RFPs

  • Develop research information network to support GLRC.

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Objectives—5 of 6

  • Identify and clarify research priorities and issues and the science questions to address these priorities

  • Shows how GL priorities and needs fit into Ocean Research Priorities Plan

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Objectives—6 of 6

  • Facilitate development of proposals to address above priorities and issues

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Lake Superior RINCoordination Team

  • Steve BortoneMinnesota Sea Grant, Director

  • Margo ShawUpper Lakes Environmental Research Network

  • Jack KellyUS EPA Research Division, Duluth

  • Tom PrattCanada Department of Fisheries and Oceans

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Lake Michigan RINCoordination Team

  • Anders AndrenUniversity of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Sea Grant Director

  • Phil MankinUniversity of Illinois, Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant Director

  • Stephen BrandtNOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Director

  • Paul HorvatinUS EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office Monitoring and Reporting Branch, Chief

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Lake Huron RINCoordination Team

  • Donald ScaviaUniversity of Michigan, Michigan Sea Grant, Director

  • G. Doug HaffnerUniversity of Windsor, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

  • Leon CarlUS Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center, Director

  • David McLeishOntario Ministry of Natural Resources

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Lake Erie Millennium NetworkCoordination Team

  • Jan CiborowskiUniversity of Windsor, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

  • Jeff ReutterOhio State University, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, Director

  • Russell KreisUS EPA, Grosse Ile, Director/Branch Chief

  • Murray CharltonEnvironment Canada

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Lake Ontario RINCoordination Team

  • Jack MatticeNew York Sea Grant, Director

  • Gary SprulesUniversity of Toronto

  • Jim JohnsonUS Geological Survey

  • Bruce MorrisonOntario Ministry of Natural Resources

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Overall GLRRINCoordination Team

  • Academic

    US – Jeff Reutter, Ohio State University

    Canadian – Jan Ciborowski, University of Windsor

  • Agency

    Canadian – TBD

    US – Paul Horvatin, US EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office

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GLRRIN Overall Composition

  • Two academic members from each lake network (six US Sea Grant Directors and four Canadian Academicians)

  • US reps from GLERL (NOAA), US EPA, USGS, USFWS, and USACE

  • Canadian reps from the Ontario Ministries of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the National Water Research Institute of Environment Canada

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GLRRIN Composition, Academic


Steve Bortone, Margo Shaw


Anders Andren, Phil Mankin


Don Scavia, Doug Haffner


Jan Ciborowski, Jeff Reutter


Jack Mattice, Gary Sprules

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GLRRIN CompositionUS Agencies

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Steve Brandt

US Army Corps of Engineers

Jan Miller

US Environmental Protection Agency

Paul Horvatin

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Craig Czamecki

US Geological Survey

Leon Carl

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GLRRIN Composition, Regional

International Joint Commission

Harvey Shear

Great Lakes Fishery Commission

John Detmers

Great Lakes Commission

Christine Manninen

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Education and Outreach Leaders

Sea Grant CommunicatorsJill Jentes Banicki-Oh Sea Grant

Sea Grant ExtensionJim Hurley-Wis Sea Grant

Great Lakes Education/COSEESteve Stewart-Mich. Sea Grant

SecretaryMark Burrows-IJC

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GLRRIN Accomplishments

  • Chicago Meeting Sept 06 hosted by EPA and paid for by GLC

  • Communications and Outreach Committee established and met November 06 hosted by Pa Sea Grant and paid for by GLC

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Outreach Accomplishments

  • Outreach Committee formed representing all Lakes, extension and communicators from both US and Canada

  • Outreach Strategic Plan finalized in Feb 07 and authorized by all GLRRIN reps

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Outreach Accomplishments

  • Program logos and publication templates set

  • Program presentation and poster session at IAGLR to recruit researchers (online signup)

  • All involved programs to link to GLRRIN

  • Web site ( hosted by Great Lakes Commission’s Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)

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Web Site as Information Platform

  • Hosted by Great Lakes Commission's GLIN

    • GLRRIN fills research void on GLIN

    • Large audience exposure--250,000 unique visitors and 10 million hits per month

    • Use of established GLIN databases for effective and efficient searches

  • Linked to IJC’s Research Inventory

    • Database of 1100 research, education, outreach projects and 250+ programs

    • GLRRIN to serve as portal to enhance participation in Research Inventory and vice versa

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Lake Superior Accomplishments

  • GLRRIN will sponsor “Making a Great Lake Superior 2007” conference 29-31 October

  • Identify research priorities

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Lake Michigan Accomplishments

  • A list of partner organizations for Lake Michigan and their priorities have been identified and posted on the GLRRIN web site for review.

  • Developing plans to rank priorities.

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Lake Huron Accomplishments

  • Developed advisory committee

  • Identified the following overarching research and information needs:

    • Identification of pressures that cause changes in lake conditions and societal responses

    • Integrative research, systems approaches, and common datasets

    • Increased academic leadership and involvement

    • Relay more positive stories about Lake Huron and the Huron-Erie Corridor

  • Identified strategy to meet needs and developed and submitted research proposal

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    Lake Erie Accomplishments

    • Hosted meeting to identify research and management priorities with LaMP at Univ. of Windsor

    • Hosted watershed, tributary, nearshore, and open lake conference at Univ. of Windsor

    • Hosted workshop for new investigators at LENSC, Bay Village, Ohio

    • Will host 5th research planning and priorities conference in November 2007

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    Lake Ontario Accomplishments

    • Conference calls to identify organizational structure

    • Developing strategies to identify regional investigators

    • Developing plans for Lake Ontario research conference

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    Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D.

    Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory

    1314 Kinnear Road

    Columbus, OH 43212


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    • $25,000 (US)/Lake for 2 years

    • $10,000/Lake for years 3-5

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    GLRRIN CompositionCanadian Agencies

    Environment Canada


    Department of Fisheries and Oceans

    Tom Pratt

    Ontario ME?


    Ontario Ministry NR?