Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed
in 1972 and renewed several times since, has been called
the "north star" for government policies to restore
and protect the Lakes. But in the last decade it's been
more symbol than substance, as governments neglect the
Lakes and work around the visionary language of the
Agreement. The International Joint Commission has done
a smart thing by creating an electronic bulletin board
to let the public talk about how or whether the Agreement
should be updated. Suggestion: follow the link below
and tell the IJC that the goals of "zero discharge"
of long-lasting toxic substances and restoring the biological,
physical and chemical integrity of the Lakes are still
relevant. What we need is not so much a new Agreement
as governments with guts to pay attention to it."
Dave Dempsey, author of "On the Brink: The Great
Lakes in the 21st Century", www.davedempsey.org
Joint Commission: history on the Agreement and information
on how people can participate via meetings, web forums,
for the Great Lakes
of Public Hearings, How to Submit Comments, Etc.