OTHER ISSUES AND CONCERNS RAISED BY THE PUBLIC
The Agreement recognizes "that restoration and enhancement of the boundary waters cannot be achieved independently of other parts of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem with which these waters interact" (Preamble). In addition to toxic and persistent toxic substances, a number of other issues were brought to the Commission's attention. Many relate to the physical landscape of the basin, biological contamination, nutrients and water quantity.
Other specific issues brought to the Commission's attention include mining, oil and gas drilling and underwater timber salvage. Concern also was expressed about the need to maintain biodiversity and health of ecological communities, which can be disrupted by a wide range of activities, including genetic engineering. The Commission is exploring where and how it can best contribute to the resolution of these issues and concerns.
The Commission continues to support programs to deal with exotic species and appropriate land-use practices. The Commission recognizes the connection among these stressors and between them and water quality. It is also conscious that, because of the complex nature of the ecosystem, decisions taken to resolve the persistent toxic substances problem will affect other issues as well.