June 2, 2004

IJC launches on-line bulletin board for basin discussion of the upcoming review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

  • What do you think about the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement?
  • Does it need to be updated?
  • Is the scope of the agreement still as sound in 2004 as it was in 1978?
  • Do you have a vision for the future of the Lakes you want to share and shape?

These are questions the governments of the U.S. and Canada will face this year as they begin to review the effectiveness of this historic agreement - the IJC is interested in your views and looking for your input.

Article X of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement directs the governments to review of the operation and effectiveness of this historic agreement following every third IJC biennial report. The 12th Biennial Report, to be released in 2004, triggers this review. As stated in its September 20, 2003 public declaration, the IJC has pledged to assist the governments and engage and facilitate public participation in the review.

As part of this process, IJC has launched an Internet bulletin board to encourage basin-wide discussion of the issues early in the review process. Questions lead off each discussion area to help conversation begin, but your are encouraged to log on and respond to other’s thoughts or comment on agreement issues that are important to you.

Link to Bulletin Board


Frank Bevacqua Washington, D.C. (202) 736-9024
Michelle Tracy Ottawa (613) 995-0088
Jennifer Day Windsor/Detroit (519) 257-6733 or
(313) 226-2170 ext. 6733

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