Adaptive management is relevant to other Great Lakes initiatives
- Great Lakes water quality is undeniably linked to water quantity. Climate change and its implications on the Great Lakes water balance will have implications for water quality. Water levels, water temperature, changes in storm activity and ice cover could all impact water quality, particularly in the nearshore. The linking of water quality and quantity models and nearshore processes is important to understanding these potential impacts. The monitoring and modelling proposed as part of the IUGLS adaptive management strategy would support other initiatives that must consider the implications of fluctuating water levels and uncertain future conditions in the Great Lakes, such as the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement and state and provincial coastal zone management activities. Since the success of an adaptive management program will depend on the commitments of the IJC, federal and state/provincial governments in securing the necessary resources required to support the program, in the long run, a coordinated adaptive management program could have considerable cost savings and provide immeasurable benefits.