Lake Michigan Forum Mercury Dialogue

The purpose of this project was to convene local watershed stakeholders and coal-fired electrical utilities in an open dialogue about sources of mercury in a watershed. The intent of the dialogue was to find ways for local stakeholders and utilities to work together and identify opportunities to further reduce mercury emissions. Engaging the local utilities in such a dialogue was the first step in creating a watershed-based mercury reduction plan.

The proposed project location was the Pike-Root Watershed which spans the Illinois-Wisconsin state boundary between Milwaukee and Chicago and includes the cities of Waukegan, Illinois and Racine, Wisconsin. This location was selected because of the high level of involvement of local stakeholders in watershed and Area of Concern (AOC) issues as well as for the exemplary activities that have been undertaken by the local electrical utilities to reduce mercury emissions.

Meeting objectives included:

  • Educate and/or update the Lake Michigan Forum and meeting attendees about ongoing mercury initiatives in the Basin;
  • Exchange information about mercury initiatives and policy; and,
  • Identify possible roles the Lake Michigan Forum regarding mercury initiatives in the Basin.

An output of the dialogue was a background paper, which provided the Lake Michigan Forum and meeting attendees with a baseline level of information about ongoing mercury initiatives in the Basin as well as provide context for discussions about possible roles for the Forum on this issue. The background paper was not intended to be a comprehensive overview of mercury science, policy, and programs but simply a start to further discussions between the Forum and stakeholders on 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