LEMN Workshop 3.01: "Predicting effects of changing water levels in the Huron-Erie/Lake St. Clair Corridor" was a binational workshop that was held at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario from February 2nd to 3rd, 2005.
There is increasing recognition that aquatic habitats are maintained by dynamic interactions among environmental, hydrological, geological, and biological factors. This one-day organizational workshop brought together fishery biologists, aquatic ecologists, physical scientists (geologists, hydrologists, and engineers), and resource managers to assess the adequacy of existing physical and biological aquatic habitat data sets within the Huron-Erie Corridor (HEC) system. This was the first of a series of three workshops. In follow-up workshops, interested participants had an opportunity to form research groups to examine the utility of using dynamic models to characterize and map aquatic habitats and develop strategies to identify potential aquatic habitat restoration opportunities.
Short introductory presentations summarized the attributes of known high-quality HEC fishery habitats, geospatial data sets, ongoing habitat characterization and data collection efforts, and water-level change scenarios. In subsequent round table discussions, workshop participants were asked to: (1) assess key factors (i.e., data and coverages) needed to understand the processes that maintain the quality and control the distribution of these aquatic habitats; (2) provide a preliminary identification of existing habitat assessment and classification tools; (3) compile a list of existing geospatial datasets for the HEC/Lake St. Clair system; and (4) identify critical research gaps and data needs.