July 25, 2006
IJC commends restoration of Oswego River Area of Concern
The International Joint Commission (IJC) commends the exemplary cooperation among all levels of government that resulted in restoring the beneficial uses of waters in the Oswego River Area of Concern.
"The many people who worked on the Oswego River Remedial Action Plan have demonstrated that by breaking down barriers, working together and holding fast, it is possible to eliminate a Great Lakes Area of Concern," said U.S. Section Chairman Dennis L. Schornack today at the delisting celebration in Oswego, New York. He added that "We especially wish to commend some of the key leaders in the process, Karen Noyes of the Oswego Department of Planning and Community Development, Bob Townsend of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Barbara Belasco of the Environmental Protection Agency for their commitment to realizing this achievement."
Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, 43 of the most degraded areas were designated as Areas of Concern as a result of contaminated sediment, inadequately treated wastewater, nonpoint source pollution, inland contaminated sites or degraded habitat to a greater extent than the rest of the Great Lakes. Annex 2 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement directs Canada and the United States, working with state and provincial governments, to develop plans (known as Remedial Action Plans) to restore and protect ecosystem health so that the water is drinkable, beaches are swimmable and fish are safe to eat, among other such beneficial uses.
U.S. IJC Chair Dennis Schornack represents the Commission at the Oswego delisting ceremony
U.S. EPA presents a plaque commemorating the official delisting of the Oswego Area of Concern