Voume 20, Issue 3, 1995
November/December 1995

The International Joint Commission is an independent international organization established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Its purpose is to help prevent disputes over use of waters shared by Canada and the United States and to provide advice on questions of mutual concern when requested by the two federal governments. Three members are appointed by the President of the United States, with advice and approval of the Senate, and three by the Governor-in-Council of Canada, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Adèle M. Hurley
Canadian Section Chair

Dr. Pierre Béland
Francis Murphy
Thomas L. Baldini
U.S. Section Chair

Susan Bayh
Alice Chamberlin



Looking to the Future of Great Lakes Water Quality

How will future activities under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement change? This issue of Focus looks at some of the insights gained at the biennial meeting that took place in September. After years of debate, the Governments of Canada and the United States are working together to achieve one of the Agreement's main purposes and put into place a binational strategy to virtually eliminate persistent toxic substances. They are working with industry to further pollution prevention and have formed partnerships with innovative companies such as Avenor. And they have embraced a broader agenda and recognized the need to pursue it at the national and global levels.

Meanwhile, communities such as the twin ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, and organizations such as Great Lakes United are pursuing a range of ambitious projects to demonstrate how zero discharge of persistent toxic substances can be achieved within specific sectors. Economic studies in five Canadian Areas of Concern and communities like Jonquière, Quebec have also demonstrated that investments in restoration and sustainable practices can lead to both short-term and long-term economic gains.

The ultimate results of these efforts, particularly as both countries struggle over government spending and regulation, still remain in question. However, the binational Great Lakes community is showing its resolve to move forward despite the enormous challenges.

FOCUS Staff:

Sally Cole-Misch, Executive Editor
Frank Bevacqua, Managing Editor
Bruce Jamieson, Designer
Marie Terrien, Conseil de rédaction
Bev Croft, Columns Editor

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