The keyword for the Council’s activities during the 2001–
he Council of Great Lakes Research Managers
2003 priority cycle was teamwork.  Recognizing that
(Council) was created by the International Joint
advisory board/council activities often overlap and the great
Commission (IJC) to serve as a principal advisor on
research programs and needs.  Originating in 1984 as part
value of multi-board collaboration, the Council focused on
of the Science Advisory Board, the Council was placed
working in partnership with the Great Lakes Science
directly under the IJC in 1991.  The Council’s purpose is to
Advisory Board, Great Lakes Water Quality Board and
enhance the ability of the IJC to provide effective leader-
International Air Quality Advisory Board to address priority
issues.  The Council also continued its efforts to improve
ship, guidance, support and evaluation of Great Lakes
science vessel coordination and to institute improvements
research as it applies to the provisions of the Great Lakes
Water Quality Agreement.  The Council’s responsibilities
to the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Research Inventory.  In
addition, the Council scoped out research needs associated
with microbial pollution and unmonitored chemicals to
expand on past IJC work related to this aspect of the
promoting effective communication and collaboration
human health and has included its findings and recommen-
between researchers and agencies in Canada and the
dations in section 8.2.
United States;
encouraging researchers to share their findings;
Council members participated in the following multi-board
compiling a summary of current and planned research
work groups to address priorities for the 2001 -- 2003
programs related to the Great Lakes Water Quality
priority cycle:  the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board
Agreement, particularly those called for by Annex 17 -
work group for the Great Lakes emerging issues workshop
Research and Development;
(Chapter 5) and its work group on urban land use the
identifying and prioritizing research needs to identify
Great Lakes (Chapter 3); the Great Lakes Water Quality
gaps and encourage the U.S. and Canadian govern-
Board climate change priority subcommittee (Chapter 4);
ments, the Parties to the Agreement, to shift funding
and the Annex 2 Task Group (Chapter 2).  These work
toward studies directly relevant to the Agreement’s
groups organized workshops to address IJC priority issues
purpose; and
and served to identify new or redirected research and data
reviewing the impact of research recommendations
collection efforts required in the Great Lakes.  Council
made by itself, the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board,
members also attended the workshops and provided input
the Great Lakes Water Quality Board and the IJC.
to the proceedings, findings and resulting research
Membership consists of individuals managing federal, state
and provincial research programs in the United States and
The Council of Great Lakes Research Managers would like
Canada, and also includes representatives from academic
to acknowledge the efforts of all of those who, although
institutions and private industry.  Binational members
they were not official members of the Council, made a
representing the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the
significant contribution to the report.  They include:
International Association for Great Lakes Research also
Cheryl Martin, Will Robertson, Sheridan Haack, Doug Alley,
participate.  All members serve in a personal and profes-
John Gannon and Giovanna Stasiuk.
sional capacity at the pleasure of the IJC, usually for terms
of three years.