The pilot project is divided into five tasks:
1. Pilot HUC-12 Watersheds
The first step is the identification or watersheds containing significant water municipalities and industries and involved stakeholders interested in collaborating to the pilot project.
2. Water Budget Accounting Methods
A water budget is a database comprising all water uses (other than irrigated agriculture) in the watersheds. This data will then be used in the economic and ecosystem impact assessments that will follow.
3. Ecosystem Service Impact Modeling
Different methods and models will be analyzed in order to select the best approach for the study of the relationship between ecosystem services and water withdrawals.
4. Economic Value Assessment and Association with Ecosystem Impacts and Water Use
The impact assessment analysis will allow the Project Team to establish an economic value to the water resources and the specific uses within the Great Lakes watersheds.
5. Policy Implications and Great Lakes Compact Applications for Findings
The work realized through the first tasks will allow the Project team members to present a report, addressed to policy-makers which will highlight the implications of their findings for water policy in the Great Lakes Basin.