Ninth Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality

Table of Contents

"There is much work to be done..."

Julian Holenstein
Great Lakes United
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Public Forum
Niagara Falls, Ontario
November 1-2, 1997

International Joint Commission
Mission Statement
The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments

In particular, the Commission rules upon applications for approval of projects affecting boundary or transboundary waters and may regulate the operation of these projects; it assists the two countries in the protection of the transboundary environment, including the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the improvement of transboundary air quality; and it alerts the govenments to emerging issues along the boundary that may give rise to bilateral disputes.

In order for our vision to become reality, we must take action now. With the concerns for ourselves and future generations, now is the time to set goals for solving the problems that we face today and to prevent new problems from arising.

Vision submitted by the 1997 Great Lakes Student Summit
Buffalo, New York