Great Lakes Seminar Series – April 30, 2015


Speaker: James Pauer, U.S. EPA

Title: Do we have the tools and the smarts to quantify near shore conditions in Lake Michigan?

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am ET on Thursday 30-April 2015

Location: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (

Power Point Presentation available here

Abstract: The off-shore waters in Lake Michigan have been approaching the oligotrophic state, and the lake wide  total phosphorus concentration has met the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) target since the early 1980s.  However, environmental concerns in the near shore, such as excessive eutrophication and the colonization of invasive species, have resulted in the call for an overall assessment of this zone in the most recent GLWQA.  Several studies have been published which assess the near shore area of Lake Michigan and the larger Great Lakes. Analysis of these study results along with preliminary results from a mathematical model here provide insight into how to quantify and predict conditions in the near shore  area.