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Ecosystem Technical Work Group Contextual Narrative



Contributors
Donald Uzarski;Scudder Mackey
Abstract
The ecosystem contextual narrative places the ecological evaluation of Lake Superior regulation plans in a broader context related to socioeconomic issues and perspectives, and factors that impact the upper Great Lakes ecosystem but are not related to changing water level regimes or water level regulation. The Great Lakes ecosystem performs a wide range of economically-important ecological services, including: fish and waterfowl production; natural resource-based ecotourism; flood control and shoreline protection; and provision of abundant clean water supplies for municipal and industrial uses. The public values the Great Lakes ecosystem as a unique and irreplaceable asset, and recognizes that improved water quality and ecosystem health provide overall quality of life and socio-economic benefits to the Great Lakes region. There is also a perception that once permanently degraded, the important ecological services and benefits that the Great Lakes ecosystem provides may be lost forever.
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Ecosystem Contextual Narrative
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Main Topics
Lake Superior Regulation
Questions We Asked
Can a regulation plan be designed to perform better than Plan 1977A?
What constitutes improved plan performance?
Tasks
Ecosystems Evaluation
Contextual Narratives