EPA, States, Tribes and other partners soon will embark on a Survey of the Nation’s Lakes to provide regional and national estimates of lake condition, similar to the draft Wadeable Streams Assessment. On April 25-28, 2006, EPA’s Monitoring Branch co-sponsored a meeting in Chicago with 140 lakes experts, including representatives from 45 States, to plan the Lakes Survey. The meeting was cosponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the North American Lake Management Society. The Survey will use a statistically valid approach which, like an opinion poll, randomly selects lake sites that represent the condition of all sites in regions sharing similar ecological characteristics. Survey participants will use consistent sampling and analytical procedures to ensure that the results can be compared across the country. At the meeting, EPA provided packets to States (and Tribes) identifying a preliminary list of sites that will be sampled in the summer of 2007.
For more information on the Lakes Survey visit: http://www.epa.gov/owow/lakes/lakessurvey/
Source: EPA’s Waterheadlines for May 8, 2006 Benjamin H. Grumbles, Assistant Administrator,Office of Water
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