Toxics Deposition

In 1999, the Lake Michigan Forum launched an initiative called Atmospheric Deposition of Toxics: Integrating Science and Policy. The intent of the project was to take stock of the research on atmospheric deposition of toxics in the Great Lakes and the implications of the research. Leading scientists were brought together with government policy experts, environmentalists, and industry representatives to discuss the research, the ability to respond with existing policy tools, and the overall issues that need to be considered in order to effectively address the difficult issue of atmospheric deposition of toxics.

Through the initiative's two workshops, it was apparent that current research confirmed the pervasive problem of atmospheric deposition but that there was little practical experience in using the scientific tools to craft solid policy strategies targeted to source areas and source sectors. The workshops made it clear that information on atmospheric deposition of toxics largely rests within the realm of universities and government research organizations and that the public and policy practitioners have less access to and understanding of the issue. The phenomenon of long-range transport of air toxics also highlighted the necessity for simultaneous local, regional, and national response strategies, and the need to increase involvement in international discussions on the use of toxics.

The workshops were not a consensus process and the information did not necessarily represent the positions or conclusions of individual participants. Instead it summarized the information that was presented at the workshops: outlining recent scientific research, U.S. federal and state programs and applicable international programs that address atmospheric deposition. Finally, the report presented recommendations drawn from the workshop discussions that together offer suggestions to further integrate science and policy, gain practical experience in using science tools, and increase international attention to the issue.

Member Projects

Forum members are involved with many projects.

Ms. Kae DonLevy

Managing the WI CLean Marina Program. Coordinating the Gatheirng Waters F… Read More

Ms. Kathy Evans

The restoration of coastal habitats, the cleanup of legacy pollution and th… Read More

Mr. Bill Hafs

Agriculture nonpoint control, Northern pike habitat restoration, buffer str… Read More

Ms. Vicky Harris

Fox River TMDL analysis for total maximum daily loads of phosphorus and sus… Read More

Mr. Martin Jaffe

Water supply planning and policy… Read More

Ms. Angela Larsen

Coordinate multi-jurisdictional planning, monitoring, and grant submissions… Read More

Ms. Kathy Luther

Comprehensive regional planning for Northwest Indiana that will protect Lak… Read More

Mr. Greg Mund

Wildlife Habitat restoration; Contaminated sediment clean-ups; Public parti… Read More

Ms. Kay Nelson

Great Lakes Compact, historical (passage) and current implementation activi… Read More

Mr. Todd Parker

Harbor & Marina Eco-EMS work… Read More

Ms. Henrietta Saunders

Public outreach on the importance of improving, conserving, protecting, fun… Read More

Mr. Bill Schleizer

Nature resource valuation and ecosystem markets.… Read More

Mr. Larry Smith

Domestic and international resource management, ecosystem rehabilitation, d… Read More

Dr. Janet Vail Ph.D

The Making Lake Michigan Tour, which is onboard public outreach and eductio… Read More

Ms. Barbara Waller

Environmental education and out-of-doors learning programs for school-age c… Read More