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GLIN==> Great Lakes Binational Monitoring Inventory




Where can I find benthos data for Lake Superior?  Who might be able to collect a few water samples for me from Saginaw Bay?  What agency would have a method that I could use for assessing tainting of fish flavour?  Who else might be interested in collaborating to monitor for Hexagenia on Lake Erie?


Have we got the solution for you!!


The Binational Executive Committee (BEC) has established an on-line basin-wide binational monitoring inventory to share information and to improve the coordination of monitoring activities throughout the Great Lakes.  The Great Lakes Monitoring Inventory contains information about over 1,000 monitoring programs being conducted by Canadian and U.S. federal, provincial/state and municipal agencies, academia and non-governmental organizations.  You can access it via www.binational.net and share information about your monitoring program, or find out about programs being conducted by others in the Basin.


Come visit the site and add your program to the Inventory!  You can even upload maps, reports or data files to your entry.  Each entry will require about 10 minutes of your time.  When you submit an entry to the inventory, you will be assigned a password for future revisions; however, viewing and searching the Inventory is unrestricted.


The instructions appended to the bottom of this message will provide the necessary information to allow you to access the Great Lakes Monitoring Inventory, upload your information, and ensure that your monitoring activities are properly reflected.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brad Hill (Environment Canada) at Brad.Hill@ec.gc.ca, ph (905)319-7209.  Once submitted, Environment Canada will undertake translation of all Canadian federal submissions to meet the Official Languages policy prior to posting.


On behalf of the Binational Executive Committee, we would like to thank you for your support of this initiative!  


Melanie Neilson                     Paul Horvatin

Melanie Neilson                                                Paul Horvatin

Environment Canada,                                        U.S. EPA,

Ontario Region                                                 Great Lakes National Program Office



Using the Great Lakes Monitoring Inventory



·        Using your internet browser, navigate to



·        Click on “The Great Lakes Monitoring Inventory”


1.      Select “add a program” from the left hand menu

2.      If you are a first time client, you will be prompted to “register” a login:

a.       Click on the “Register Here” button under the entry fields

b.      Enter your e-mail address and password (note you must enter your password twice)

c.       Click on the “Register” button

d.      Once you are registered, select the “add a program” link to return to the login screen

3.      If you are a returning client, you will be prompted to log in:

a.       Click on the “Login” link at the end of the sentence

b.      Enter your e-mail address and password

c.       Click on the “Login!” button

3.      Enter your information into the appropriate fields and/or select the appropriate value from the drop down list where applicable

·        To select multiple items from a drop down list (i.e. keywords), hold down the “ctrl” key while clicking on the applicable items

·        For clarification on the field definition, click on the field title

4.      Once all the fields have been entered, click on the “submit” button to save your entry

Please note that the “clear form” button will erase all information from all fields!



1.      Point your internet browser to:

2.      Enter a keyword or phrase and the “simple search” will find all records which contain that query string in any field.

·        For clarification on the field definition, click on the field title

3.      You may also search specific fields by selecting the “Advanced Search”.  In this case, enter a keyword or phrase in the appropriate field or select the appropriate value from the drop down list

4.      For both the “Simple” and “Advanced” searches, click on the “submit” button to initiate the search

5.      The system returns a list of program titles that match your query along with the contact organization and person(s)

6.      Highlight the program(s) of interest by clicking on the “check box” to the left of the program description

7.      Once all the programs of interest have been checked, click on the “select” button to view the detailed description(s).