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GLOS Update: 13 August 2004

Title: Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) UPDATE

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Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) UPDATE
13 August 2004

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GLOS Public Survey Now Available

Collecting public input on the prospective uses for GLOS is crucial to the establishment of a Regional Association. To further this process, a brief survey has been prepared in collaboration with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and widely distributed to Great Lakes stakeholders. The survey is now available at http://www.glc.org/glos/survey/survey.html.

All responses will be shared with and considered by the GLOS Steering Committee as the business plan is finalized over the next six weeks.

Business Plan Development

Work is continuing on the GLOS Business Plan, currently under internal review. The business plan, to be delivered to OCEAN.US by October 2004, will outline current user needs, available information resources, the operational characteristics of an integrated regional system, governance for the Regional Assocation, and funding mechanisms to sustain data collection.

The business plan will be forwarded to the GLOS Steering Committee for review prior to its next meeting: August 24-25 in Ann Arbor, Mich. In September, the plan will be released for wider public comment.

It is anticipated that the GLOS Regional Association will be chartered in 2005 along with adoption of partnership agreements between agencies, organizations and institutions. Continued development of GLOS in 2004-05 has been secured by the Great Lakes Commission through a subsequent grant from the NOAA Coastal Services Center. A proposal for Year Three funding will be submitted by Oct. 1, 2004. Funding beyond 2005 will come from IOOS federal appropriations or earmarks.

Legislative News

Two bills were recently introduced in the House. H.R. 5001 authorizes an IOOS system and regional associations for implementation along with extensive funding beginning in FY 2006. H.R. 5001 is the companion legislation to S.1400, the Ocean and Coastal Observation Systems Act.

HR 4900: To establish a national policy for our oceans, to strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a National Oceans Council, and for other purposes. Introduced by Jim Greenwood (R-PA) on 7/22/04. For text of bill, co-sponsors, status and more, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.04900:

HR 5001: To establish a pilot program to develop a comprehensive system of ocean and coastal observations for the Nation's oceans, coasts and Great Lakes, including enhanced security at U.S. ports, and for other purposes. Introduced by Curt Weldon (R-PA) on 7/22/04. For text of bill, co-sponsors, status and more, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.05001:

Hearings on these bills are pending.

Upcoming Events
GLOS Steering Committee Meeting
Draft Agenda
August 24-25
Great Lakes Commission offices
Ann Arbor, Mich.

IOOS Implementation Workshop
August 31 - September 2
Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Arlington, Va.

IOOS / GLOS Briefing for Great Lakes Congressional Delegation and staff
September 10, 10 a.m.-noon
Washington, D.C.

Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting
September 12-15
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission
October 4-5
Delta Chelsea Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC)
October 6-8
Delta Chelsea Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange Conference
October 26-28
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Detroit, Mich.

This Update is prepared by the GLOS secretariat as a service to the GLOS Steering Committee, Regional Interest Group and all other interested parties. Refer to www.glc.org/glos for more information on GLOS activities and milestones.