January 30, 2002
Review of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy
Now available on the International Joint Commissionís web site is the Great
Lakes Water Quality Boardís
review of the Canada-United States Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy.
The review, undertaken at the request of the Commission, addressed four
1. Has the Strategy achieved its purpose?
2. Has the Strategy Fulfilled its Four Steps?
3. Have the Strategyís Specific Challenges Been Met?
4. Has the Strategy Contributed to Achievement of virtual Elimination?
In addition to answering these questions, the report provides advice and
recommendations regarding future directions. Underpinning the reportís
findings are comprehensive quantitative and qualitative assessments undertaken
by Thompson Gow & Associates.
The findings and advice contained in the report should be beneficial to the
Strategy and to others working to virtually eliminate persistent toxic
The International Joint Commission is an international
organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of
1909 to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters
shared by the United States and Canada.