on Great Lakes Water Quality Issued, Review of the Agreement
Published September 13th, 2004
DETROIT & WINDSOR, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept.
13, 2004--The International Joint Commission today released
its Twelfth Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality.
This important report not only addresses the current issues
facing the health and vitality of the Great Lakes - it
triggers the official review, by the United States and
Canada, of the historic Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
In this report to the governments of the U.S. and Canada,
the IJC highlights key issues for all who live in the
Great Lakes region. It contains specific recommendations
relating to the effects of urbanization on our lakes;
threats associated with alien invasive species; pathogens
and disease bearing microorganisms in drinking water sources;
chemical contamination, methyl mercury and human health;
and the recent ecological changes taking place in Lake
Significantly, this report triggers the much anticipated
review, by governments, of the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement. The current Agreement was signed in 1978 and
was amended in 1987. It has not been updated or changed
in more than 17 years. During this time, technology and
our scientific knowledge and understanding have grown
immensely. We need to keep pace with what we know and
review the effectiveness of the Agreement with an eye
toward the future.
Fact sheets providing detailed information and the IJC's
recommendations about each individual topic and illustrations
and graphics for use from the Twelfth Biennial Report
are available at www.ijc.org.
The Twelfth Biennial Report is available in hard copy
or CD in both English and French free of charge and may
also be obtained on IJC's website at www.ijc.org. Obtain
a hard copy by contacting the IJC's Great Lakes Regional
Office in Canada at 100 Ouellette Ave., Suite 800, Windsor,
ON N9A 6T3; phone (519)257-6733; in the U.S. at P.O. Box
32869, Detroit, MI 48232, phone (313)226-2170 ext. 6733;
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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International Joint Commission, Windsor/Detroit
Jennifer Day, 519-257-6733 or 313-226-2170
International Joint Commission, Washington, D.C.
Frank Bevacqua, 202-736-9024
International Joint Commission, Ottawa
Nick Heisler, 613-992-8367