"Summary and Charge (Burch)"
SUMMARY AND CHARGE Kelly Burch Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection POOR MIXED MIXED MIXED GOOD DETERIORATING IMPROVING Air Quality HUMAN HEALTH Swimming advisories Drinking water Fish consumption advisories M POOR IXED MIXED MIXED GOOD DETERIORATING IMPROVING NEARSHORE WATERS P conc/ loads Toxic chemicals in offshore waters Atmospheric deposition Contaminants in water birds Sea lamprey Phytoplankton ? Diporeia Hexagenia AND Prey fish Lake trout N External anomalies E (Lake Erie) P O POOR MIXED MIXED MIXED GOOD DETERIORATING IMPROVING Amphibians COASTAL WETLANDS Snapping turtles Bird diversity / abundance Area by type Effects of water levels POOR MIXED MIXED MIXED GOOD DETERIORATING IMPROVING Alvars Hardened shoreline Bald eagles LAND Urban density ? Brownfields Mass transit ? Sustainable agriculture POOR MIXED MIXED MIXED GOOD DETERIORATING IMPROVING UNBOUNDED Acid rain Non-native species (Aquatic) SOCIETAL Water Use ? Economic Prosperity Summary •Only 31 of the 80 indicators reported for SOLEC 2000 •What about the other indicators? Tier Structure • Tier 1 – Data are being collected and reported – 31 of 41 reported • Tier 2 – Monitoring programs are funded and ready to go – SOLEC lists 5 in this Tier (e.g. habitat fragmentation) • Tier 3 – Needs research and /or an “owner” – 33 (information gaps / research needs) 25 Tier 3 Tier 2 20 Tier 1 15 10 5 0 open & coastal nearshore land use human societal unbounded nearshore wetlands terrestrial health waters SOLEC Indicators by Tier Tier 1 41 Tier 2 Tier 3 5 33 Summary - continued • You have heard draft summary reports • Assessments in the matrix are “best professional judgement” SOLEC 2000 indicators reports are open for peer review here at SOLEC, and until January 15, 2001 The S O L E C list is NOT a Static List The CHARGE How Do We Implement The Full Suite Of Indicators To Report More Completely On The State Of The Great Lakes? The CHARGE - Specifics • Do you agree with the assessments presented today? • Do you have additional information? The CHARGE - Specifics • Are there additional indicators? • Scope of reporting / assessment- e.g. inland areas (forests; tributaries) • Information management • Development of ecosystem health indices E C 20 L 0 SO 0 Im rs to p em l en ca ting Indi