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Report: 2023 CSMI Lake Ontario — Field Year Prospectus
Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative for Lake Ontario - News

Oswego, NY, Monday, May 22, 2023 - The Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) is a binational effort to coordinate enhanced monitoring and research activities across the Great Lakes to address specific science priorities for each lake, which are established by the Lake Partnerships under the Lake-wide Management Annex of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). 

For CSMI field years, the Lake Partnerships identify priority areas where additional science and monitoring efforts are needed to provide the best information for managers to make lake-wide management decisions.

The Lake Ontario Partnership identified four priority areas for the 2023 Lake Ontario CSMI: chemical contaminants, nutrient and bacterial pollution, habitat and species, and invasive species. Each priority area is further described through specific research topics and needs (see Appendix 1 of Prospectus (pdf)).

CSMI field year planning, implementation, and reporting activities are coordinated by the GLWQA Science Annex CSMI Task Team. The planning team for 2023 Lake Ontario CSMI used the four priority areas to categorize research efforts, which range from investigations of nutrient dynamics and chemical contaminants to studies of native fish species populations. In all, over 50 binational projects are planned for 2023 fieldwork in Lake Ontario. Some of these projects represent established baseline monitoring programs that provide data on an ongoing basis, others are unique collaborations among agencies that enhance binational monitoring activities, and others are targeted CSMI field year projects that leverage additional resources.

The foundation of the CSMI process is built upon binational and domestic collaboration that would not be possible without a dialog amongst many partners working together to plan and execute projects that address CSMI priorities. Leveraging existing long term monitoring programs provides access to sampling locations, equipment, research vessels, and scientific experts, that maximizes the integration, reach and scope of the CSMI sampling process. 

This Prospectus (pdf) highlights a subset of the extensive binational collaborative muti-agency efforts occurring throughout 2023, specifically the: lower food web sampling, water quality and nutrients monitoring efforts, coordinated glider deployments, chemical contaminants monitoring, and fish population assessments. 

An overview of select one-year targeted projects and program enhancements that address science priorities are also summarized, including projects funded through the US Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). 

Additionally, the Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) Small Grants Program put out a call for proposals to address CSMI 2023 priorities and funded three projects led by academic institutions. 

Due to the large scope of work planned in Lake Ontario for 2023, not all activities occurring during the field year are included within the main text of this prospectus; a comprehensive list of the projects identified by the CSMI Task Team for the 2023 field year is included in Appendix 2 (see Prospectus (pdf)) for reference. A table of agency and partner abbreviations/acronyms used throughout the text can be found in Appendix 3 (see Prospectus (pdf)).

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