he Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement identifies
Consistent with its responsibility under the Great Lakes
the Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) as the
Water Quality Agreement, the WQB focussed on the
principal advisor to the International Joint Commis-
following issues during 2001-03 biennial cycle:
sion (IJC) on all issues related to the water quality of the
Great Lakes system.  To best utilize available resources and
Climate change -- addressing impacts in the Great
in the spirit of cooperation, the IJC establishes priorities
Lakes basin (Chapter 4)
through a biennial consultation process with its Water
Annex 2 - Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide
Quality Board, Science Advisory Board, International Air
Management Plans (Chapter 2)
Lake Erie ecosystem changes (Chapter 6)
Quality Advisory Board, and Council of Great Lakes
Research Managers and with opportunity for public
Botulism type E outbreak (Chapter 6)
comment.  Upon approval, the IJC assigns priorities to one
Great Lakes system navigation review (Chapter 6)
of these advisory boards, depending on the group’s
mandate and expertise.  Many priorities provide opportuni-
Lending their professional expertise, individual WQB
ties for collaboration.  Some priorities are designed for
members also contributed to priority work undertaken by
completion in two years;  others are addressed for a longer
other advisory boards, including urbanization and emerg-
ing issues.