About Lake Michigan Forum

The Lake Michigan Forum provides input to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) from representative stakeholders of the Lake Michigan Basin. The Forum seeks opportunities to foster ecosystem stewardship through multi-organizational initiatives and partnerships, to engage the public in discussion of critical Lake Michigan issues, and to implement the goals and objectives of the Lake Michigan LaMP, beyond what is achieved through governmental efforts. As the non-governmental, public input component of the Lake Michigan LaMP, the Forum has a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Representing diverse interests and geography of the Lake Michigan basin and creating a communication link between the members’ constituents and the LaMP process;
  • Providing input to and review of LaMP updates and assisting in their completion and implementation;
  • Promoting the LaMP to the public and building constituency for its implementation;
  • Facilitating communication between regional planning organizations, ensuring a ‘peer-to-peer’ exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices;
  • Serving as a forum for identifying, discussing, and conveying critical/priority issues;
  • Serving as a conduit for public concerns and input to the LaMP process.
  • Identifying opportunities for implementation of demonstration projects relating to LaMP goals and objectives; and
  • Providing a platform for regional and watershed approaches to accomplishing LaMP goals.

Over the last 10 years, the Forum has built name recognition throughout the Lake Michigan basin by implementing innovative projects, encouraging community involvement in environmental stewardship, and developing a vast network of contacts, institutional knowledge and experience. But the Forum’s biggest accomplishment was its role in developing an adaptive management strategy for the LaMP. The Lake Michigan Forum helped the U.S. EPA transform the Lake Michigan LaMP from a document focused on toxics to a document focused on dynamic ecosystem management. The Forum’s work is also seen in the LaMP through the creation of ‘tool boxes,’ which provide project implementation guidance for LaMP users. In all, the Lake Michigan Forum has embraced its goal to foster ecosystem stewardship through multi-organizational initiatives and partnerships, to engage the public in discussion of critical Lake Michigan issues, and to implement the goals and objectives of the Lake Michigan LaMP.

Tremendous challenges lay ahead, from invasive species and climate change to continued toxics deposition and emerging chemicals of concern. The Lake Michigan Forum is well-positioned to facilitate a constructive dialogue amongst a variety of stakeholders and create a more informed and active constituency, while providing important feedback to the development of the LaMP.

For more information, please contact the Lake Michigan Forum Facilitator, the Delta Institute, at 312-554-0900. 


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Call for Abstracts and Poster Presentations

2013-04-26
The 8th biennial State of Lake Michigan and 13th annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference are now accepting abstracts for consideration.

Great Lakes lawmakers consider statewide bans on pavement sealants

2012-12-12
Legislators in at least three Great Lakes states are proposing statewide bans of certain pavement sealants that have killed aquatic animals and are considered a possible health risk to humans.

Office of the Great Lakes has released the 2012 Michigan Water Conservation and Efficiency Program Review

2012-12-12
The Office of the Great Lakes has released the 2012 Michigan Water Conservation and Efficiency Program Review, which assesses Michigan’s progress in meeting its obligations under the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.

Focus Area 2 Aquatic Pathways Summary Report

2012-09-18
Army Corps releases Focus Area 2 Aquatic Pathways Summary Report, solicits public comment

IJC: Taking A New Approach to Managing the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River

2012-02-14
IJC proposes new approach to managing levels and flows in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Riverwith the assistance of a Working Group of representatives from Canada, the United States, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and the State of New York.