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Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI)

The Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) is a binational effort instituted under the Science Annex of the  2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to coordinate science and monitoring activities in one of the five Great Lakes each year to generate data and information for environmental management agencies.

CSMI's enhanced science and monitoring activities are conducted in response to priorities established by the Lake Partnerships of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Lakewide Management Annex. 

CSMI 5-Year Cycle

Upcoming CSMI field years:
What work goes on in one year across the lakes during the 5-year CSMI cycle? Using 2020 as an example:
  • Lake Michigan  – Field year underway
  • Lake Erie – Data analysis from 2019 field year 
  • Lake Ontario – Reporting out from 2018 field year
  • Lake Huron – Identifying priorities for 2022 field year
  • Lake Superior – Planning for 2021 field year

CSMI 5-year work cycle

Information from Other CSMI Partners