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IJC to hold 14 public meetings on future of Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
CNW Telbec
Published September 22, 2005
The International Joint Commission (IJC) is inviting the public to a series of meetings in 14 cities across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin in Canada and the United States in October and November.

MONTREAL, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Participants will be asked to express their views on what needs to be done to protect water quality in their communities and on the future of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the two countries. The IJC will report these views to the two governments.

First signed in 1972 and last amended nearly 20 years ago, the Water
Quality Agreement outlines the commitment of each country to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem, including the international portion of the St. Lawrence River. It has resulted in cooperation between the United States and Canada to limit the discharge of nutrients and toxic substances into the waters, restore degraded areas and undertake other joint activities designed to improve water quality.

The two governments will launch a review of the Agreement's operation and effectiveness in early 2006 and have asked the IJC to consult residents about how it has worked so far and whether it should be changed.

"Governments don't live on the Great Lakes, fish on the Great Lakes or
drink water from the Great Lakes-people do," said U.S. Section Chair Dennis Schornack. "That's why it's so important for a broad diversity of people on both sides of the border to speak up and help the governments set priorities and develop new initiatives to restore and sustain a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem."

"This is the public's opportunity to tell the governments what they
should consider in their review of the Agreement," said the Rt. Hon. Herb
Gray, Chair of the IJC's Canadian Section. "This review will likely set the
agenda for cooperation between our two countries on the health of the Great Lakes for the next generation."

The IJC's 14 public meetings will take place at the times and locations
listed below. For those who cannot attend, the IJC will also conduct a Web Dialogue and accept written and oral submissions until November 30, 2005. For more information, call toll-free at 1 866 813-0642 or visit
www.ijc.org/glconsultations .

Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m.
Montréal, Quebec Duluth, Minnesota
City Hall Central Hillside Community Center
275 Notre-Dame Street East 12 East 4th Street

Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m.
Thunder Bay, Ontario Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
City Hall, 500 Donald Street East City Council Chamber, Civic Centre,
99 Foster Drive

Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
Bay City, Michigan Green Bay, Wisconsin
City Hall, 301 Washington Avenue KI Convention Center, 333 Main Street

Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 at 3 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois Detroit, Michigan
Phelps Auditorium, Shedd Aquarium Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
1200 South Lake Shore Drive One Woodward Avenue, Suite 1900

Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3, at 7 p.m.
Windsor, Ontario Cleveland, Ohio
Cleary International Centre the Rotunda of City Hall
201 Riverside Drive West 601 Lakeside Avenue

Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
Quebec City, Quebec Midland, Ontario
City Hall, 2 rue des Jardins Council Chambers
575 Dominion Avenue

Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Toronto, Ontario Rochester, New York
City Hall City Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West City Hall, 30 Church Street

Comments may also be submitted in writing or by telephone until
November 30, 2005:

Contribute online www.ijc.org/glconsultations
Call toll-free (866) 813-0642
Fax (613) 993-5583
Write International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
100 Ouellette Ave., 8th Floor or P.O. Box 32869
Windsor, ON N9A 6T3 Detroit, MI 48232
Canada United States

For further information: Paula Fedeski-Koundakjian, Ottawa,
(613) 995-0088; Frank Bevacqua, Washington, (202) 736-9024


 

 

 

 

 


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