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Great Lakes Article:

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Published December 26, 2006

Some facts:

Initial version signed by President Nixon and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1972. Updated several times since.

Purpose: "To restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem."

Obligates both countries to develop programs, practices and technology aimed at fulfilling its goals.

Calls for "virtual elimination" of discharging persistent toxic chemicals into the waters, and prohibition on dumping toxic substances in harmful amounts.

Calls for preventing pollution from municipal sewer systems; industrial sources; agriculture, forestry and other land use activities; shipping; other sources.

Empowers International Joint Commission, a binational advisory agency, to collect information and submit progress reports.

Info online

Alliance for the Great Lakes: www.greatlakes.org

Canadian Environmental Law Association: www.cela.ca

Council of Great Lakes Industries: www.cgli.org

Environment Canada: www.on.ec.gc.ca/greatlakes/default.asp?lang

Great Lakes United: www.glu.org

International Joint Commission: www.ijc.org

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: www.michigan.gov/deq

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency page on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: www.epa.gov/glnpo/glwqa/index.html

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