Lake Michigan Data, Information, and Indicators Tools
The Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) vision is of “a sustainable Lake Michigan ecosystem that ensures environmental integrity and that supports and is supported by economically viable, healthy human communities.” The primary goal “is to restore and protect the integrity of the Lake Michigan ecosystem through collaborative, place-based partnerships.” The LAMP focuses its efforts through a collaborative effort in meeting the vision and goal through monitoring the changing environmental conditions and adapting management strategies by addressing the following:
The Lake Michigan LAMP document has a series of “Lake Michigan Toolboxes” that provide links to resources that can be applied to basin problems and exchange shared experiences. They are targeted to assist local government and watershed groups as they work to better manage their local ecosystems. The tools include example and model ordinances, manuals and resources for local officials, planners, developers, individual citizens, and other interested parties.
These tools have been identified to address LAMP subgoal 11: Do we have enough information, data, understanding, and indicators to inform the decision-making process?:
- Lake Michigan Online Mapping Resources
- USEPA Environmental and Permit Data
- Water Quality Sampling Information
Tools for the other goals can be accesses through the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan Watershed Tools
More information on Lake Michigan collaborative management goals can be found at Chapter 11 of the Lake Michigan LAMP.