Potential Priorities for Consideration by the
International Joint Commission for 2003-2005 under the
What is a Priority?
Priorities are specific
issues for study that provide a focus for the work of the International Joint
Commission and its advisory boards under the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement. These priority studies
enhance understanding and provide potential resolution to issues faced by the
Parties to the Agreement -- the governments of
The following topics are under consideration:
review of the Agreement by the Parties is required in 2004, pursuant to Article
X, following the transmittal of the IJC’s Twelfth
Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality to the governments of
· provide comments on the purpose of the Agreement;
examine state of the art science on
· explore opportunities for program and policy reform and how such reform might be made operational by the Agreement;
· review research management and coordination related to the agreement,
· provide advice on institutional arrangements to improve the implementation of the Agreement, and
· suggest an open and transparent process to engage a broad cross section of the pubic in the review.
· assess which annexes would benefit from up-dating and how that might be done most effectively.
Aquatic Invasive Species
In its Eleventh Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality, transmitted
to governments in 2001, the IJC states that despite more than a decade of
national attention and regional action, the introduction and spread of aquatic
alien invasive species continues to impair the biological integrity of the
The trend over the past 20 to
30 years has been toward greater urbanization with its related increase in
impervious cover. This trend is
accelerating and producing profound negative effects on local ecosystems
In the context of waterborne
pathogens, new risk factors to human health, such as newly identified sensitive
populations, global transportation and antibiotic resistance, and wastewater
treatment efficiency, have created a heightened awareness of the importance of
new scientific knowledge in managing these risks. In addition, several new or relatively unknown
classes of chemicals are emerging as potential water pollutants in the
Annex 2 of the
There are existing institutional difficulties that have delayed the development and implementation of many Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) and Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs). Opportunities exist to clearly identify challenges and highlight mechanisms to overcome obstacles. The RAP and LaMP process must be expedited with efforts oriented toward achieving environmental improvements and restoring beneficial uses to make progress toward delisting Areas of Concern. Work under this priority will assist governments and RAP and LaMP implementers by identifying institutional opportunities for the timely implementation of plans. As appropriate, the IJC will undertake consultations and workshops to highlight potential remedies.
climate change scenarios could have serious impacts on the
What do you think of the priorities under consideration?
Do you have an issue that is not listed?
Comments on the proposed priorities can be submitted to the IJC in three ways:
Deadline for comments is
Written Submit comments to Dr. Gail Krantzberg, International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Regional Office
Oral During the town hall meeting
portion of the
Electronic Using e-mail to Dr. Gail Krantzberg at firstname.lastname@example.org