By supporting state and local watershed planning measures that will reduce the loading of sediments and pollutants to tributaries, the work of the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program is helping to reduce the need for and costs of navigation dredging while promoting actions to delist Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs).
The following resources are intended to educate resource professionals on the basics of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution and to expand the knowledge of and provide additional educational tools for more seasoned professionals.
As we continue to develop these resources, we ask you to consider what resources you might find useful and how these materials can be improved.
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Communication and Outreach:
Webinar: Informational Seminar on the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program
This webcast is designed to introduce new audiences and partner agencies to the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program, present a brief demonstration of several web-based erosion and sediment models, and discuss opportunities for ongoing partnership. Presentations are geared toward the specific audience and geographic location targeted for each session.
Webinar: Sediment Reduction: Correlating BMP Installation with Ecological Improvement in the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding requires recipients to track progress. In the nonpoint section two pollutants are being tracked: Sediment and Phosphorus. Monitoring each BMP installation is too expensive and requires long time periods to be scientifically accurate. The alternative is to calculate surrogates to direct measurements. The problem with surrogates is there are no standard protocols and sometimes no protocols at all. This training discussion session is to delve into alternative methodologies to estimate sediment reductions for BMP installations
Short Course: Managing and Understanding Sediments in Your Watershed
This workshop was created for professionals responsible for managing sediment in rivers and watersheds. Sediment is a leading source of pollution to our waterways, impacting water quality, aquatic habitat, recreational opportunities and aesthetic conditions. You will learn about where sediment comes from, the impact it has on aquatic resources, and methods and tools for assessing, monitoring, and managing sediment in your river system.
Interpreting the Sedimentary Record: Theory and Field Methods (5-day)
This week-long, advanced course on sedimentation in the Great Lakes basin was created for professionals responsible for managing sediment in rivers and watersheds. Sediment is a leading source of pollution to our waterways, impacting water quality, aquatic habitat, recreational opportunities and aesthetic conditions. You will learn about the different types of sediment and how to identify and interpret them in the field, sediment dating and sampling methods, and the use of vegetation and other field tools to glean information about managing sediment in your river system.
Volunteer Sediment Monitoring Workshop (2-day)
Sediment is a leading source of pollution to our waterways, impacting water quality, aquatic habitat, recreational opportunities and aesthetic conditions. This two-day workshop is suitable for professionals responsible for managing sediment in rivers and watersheds as well as for volunteer organizations who have an interest in monitoring sediment in their adopted streams. The workshop will include a mix of classroom and field sessions. You will learn about sediment and river features, how to monitor changes in a river channel over time through basic surveying and pebble counts, and how to map and document your observations for later analysis.
*** Additional sessions of the webinar and short course are being planned for other areas in the Great Lakes Basin. Check back soon for more information!
Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Educational "Primers"
The Corps continues to seek ways in which local partnerships can be improved and strengthened to promote sound soil and water conservation practices that result in improved water quality and other ecosystem benefits at the watershed level. In recent months, program staff have worked to develop a collection of interactive resources dedicated to this purpose.
The Potential Impacts of Increased Corn Production for Ethanol in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Region (December 2007)
Within the United States and Canada, a rising demand for alternative fuels has been spurred by high fossil fuel prices, political support and policy decisions, high corn prices, and technology improvements. Current trends have shown that the rapid expansion of biofuel production and the associated increased production of corn in the Midwest has had – and will continue to have – numerous and profound agricultural, environmental, and economic impacts. Understanding the potential impacts of biomass for biofuels production will help in the development of appropriate policy tools, as well as technology and management regimes to promote its positive impacts and mitigate its potential negative impacts.
The Economics of Soil Erosion and Sedimentation in the Great Lakes Basin
The purpose of this report is to present the current state of knowledge on the economics of soil erosion and erosion control for the Great Lakes basin. Toward this end, this report describes what is known about the status of erosion and sedimentation in the basin; impacts from erosion and sedimentation on environmental resources, beneficial uses, and market goods; monetary damages from erosion and sedimentation and the benefits of erosion control; and the cost-effectiveness of erosion control programs and practices.
Michigan Reference Curves Study
Incorporating Economics into a Decision Support Tool