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1 Great Lakes Observing System GLRI Tributary Monitoring Project
Introduction & Overview

2 Purpose Support ecosystem restoration / protection in 5 pilot tributaries Support BUI delisting Measure restoration progress Inform decision-making

3 GLRI Tributary Monitoring: Locations
Remote Sensing St. Louis Estuary Saginaw Bay Rochester Embayment Lower Green Bay/ Fox River Remote Sensing: a set of remote sensing products will be generated for each of the five sites. These products include: surface water temperature maps; sediment plume maps; lake bottom maps; shoreline land cover maps; synoptic maps of lake chlorophyll (chl), dissolved organic carbon (doc), and suspended sediment (sm) values offshore of the AOCs; monthly average of optical attenuation; weekly ice cover maps; daily surface wind speeds; and mapping of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Maumee River

4 GLRI Tributary Monitoring: The Team
Remote Sensing St. Louis Estuary Saginaw Bay Lower Green Bay/ Fox River Rochester Embayment St. Louis Estuary Jay Austin, University of Minnesota-Duluth Lower Fox/Green Bay Val Klump, U Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saginaw River/Bay Guy Meadows, U Michigan- Marine Hydrodynamics Lab Maumee River (& AUV missions) Tom Johengen, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research (CILER) Rochester Embayment (Genesee River) Greg Boyer, Great Lakes Research Consortium, State University of New York Remote Sensing for All Areas Robert Shuchman, Michigan Tech Maumee River In Ann Arbor… Project Management and Outreach

5 Goals Goal 1: Expand, enhance, and coordinate the Great Lakes network of monitoring and observing systems to provide a comprehensive assessment of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Goal 2: Improve the interoperability of Great Lakes data for scalable reporting on the status of beneficial uses and enhanced understanding of the sources and impacts of environmental stressors using recognized, international standards. Goal 3: Engage resource managers in each tributary to ensure that data collected and information provided addresses management needs, with a focus on the near shore. Goal 1 1) New observing platforms and sensors providing real‐time and/or near realtime data will be in place in five Great Lakes tributaries. 2) Existing and/or new sources of data (real‐time, near real‐time, and server archived) will be identified and provided in standard formats online (www.glos.us) 3) Data from new observing platforms/sensors will be accessible online (www.glos.us) in standard formats meeting OGC/GEO/IOOS standards Goal 2 1) Access all relevant real‐time federal observations to facilitate retrieval via a GLOS data query page and metadata catalogue 2) Access all relevant processed and/or historic federal observations for retrieval and provision in common formats via a GLOS data query page, e.g., USGS, GLENDA, STORET 3) Provide relevant real‐time, near real‐time and processed/historical data for development of critical baseline data against which Great Lakes Restoration Initiative progress can be measured. Goal 3 1) Build on existing project support from resource management agencies in each tributary, to develop long‐term (e.g., well beyond project period) tributary advisory committees that can help refine identified data gaps. 2) Use GLOS targeted outreach tools – e.g., website, newsletter, listserve/ Facebook – as well as regional forums, such as LaMPs, IJC biennial, SOLEC, to ensure that resource managers in other tributaries are aware of the activity, data and products resulting from this project

6 Opportunities Project Advisory Committees Needs Assessment
Opportunities for Coordination Opportunities for Complementary Projects Opportunity to identify additional data/information needs to which GLOS can contribute HOW? GL Sea Grant Network is undertaking needs assessment with AOC and LaMP managers – will they be willing to participate? Help us understand 1) what decisions you make, how you make them, how you use data and other monitored/observed information to support those decisions Can lead to: -- additional parameters to measure, new locations for measuring, new ways to integrate existing data

7 Location Platforms Observations St. Louis River/Estuary Shore-based monitoring stations (3) Currents, turbidity, temperature, and fluorometric measurements will allow assessment concentrations of cyanobacteria, CDOM (Colored Dissolved Organic Matter) and Chlorophyll-A. Green Bay AUV missions Mapping wide spread hypoxic conditions including parameters such as phosphate, oxygen, turbidity, thermal structure, and currents Buoy (1) Nutrients, carbon, persistent toxics (PCBs) Saginaw Bay Benthic habitat and algal growth, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity, Chlorophyll-A, CDOM and phycocyanin. Spatial surveys for source contributions, fate and transport of benthic muck using side-scan sonar and underwater video. Mapping water quality and water chemistry, producing full three-dimensional maps of the physical, chemical and biological structure of the Bay waters. BathyBoat-Autonomous survey vessel Larval fish counts and sizes using fishery acoustics. Maumee River Moored station (1) Continuous real-time observations of dissolved reactive phosphorus concentrations, light intensity, turbidity, chlorophyll, phycocyanin, CDOM, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and conductivity. Field data Along with conductivity, temp, depth (CTD) profiles at each sample site, field samples will be analyzed for TP, SRP, TSS, chlorophyll, phycocyanin, dissolved organic carbon, Microcystis abundance, and microcystin concentration. Genesee/ Rochester Shore based (hut/pump) system (1) Basic water quality parameters and real time phosphate and nitrate sensors. Thermistor string, along with epilimnetic sensors for conductivity, turbidity, and chlorophyll, meteorological data, monitor the movement of water, surface water plume and the resulting plunging of the Genesee River. Map the outflow of the river in regards to the spring thermal bar and the resulting spread of the plume, monitor for Cladophora distribution. All Locations Remote sensing Surface water temperature maps, sediment plume maps, lake bottom maps, shoreline land cover maps, synoptic maps of lake chlorophyll (chl), dissolved organic carbon (doc), suspended sediment (sm) values offshore of the AOCs, monthly average of optical attenuation, weekly ice cover maps, daily surface wind speeds, and mapping of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Summary of activities

8 Questions? www.glos.us Dr. Jennifer Read Executive Director
Kelli Paige Program Coordinator


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