Get Involved: Combined Sewer Overflows, Climate Change

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Jeff Kart
IJC
September 09, 2016
Water heads down a stormwater drain.

For September, Great Lakes Connection is focusing on public involvement, especially as it relates to the 2016 Progress Report of the Parties (PROP) and an upcoming Great Lakes Public Forum in Toronto. The IJC also keeps an eye on other events, opportunities and interesting items in the basin that may interest readers (and motivate you to participate).

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Water drainage. Credit: Brandon Bankston

Rulemaking: This sounds boring, but it’s worthy of notice. The US Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on plans to establish public notification requirements for combined sewer overflow discharges in the Great Lakes. That is, overflows that occur when wastewater systems carrying stormwater and sanitary sewage in the same pipes are overwhelmed by heavy storms, and discharge untreated sewage into waterways. The EPA wants to hear your ideas for potential approaches to notification that can better protect public health. If you drink water, swim or fish, you may wish to drop them a line. Go here to comment before the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 23.

Chime in for change: The government of Canada is inviting residents to help develop a plan to address climate change and create new opportunities in clean technology. Officials are asking people to join a conversation on emission reductions, putting a price on carbon, and other topics. You can submit your ideas here. A public consultation page includes ways to add your input to other activities, too.

Make a date: The Great Lakes Information Network maintains a Great Lakes Regional Calendar that’s worth a look. You can search by year, month, keyword and organization for events like a September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup throughout the Great Lakes basin. By the way, the IJC calendar is here.

Let us know: That’s a sampling of what’s out there. If you think we’ve missed anything that should be included, feel free to comment below or send an email to kartj@washington.ijc.org.

 

Picture of Jeff Kart
Jeff Kart
IJC

Jeff Kart is executive editor of the IJC’s monthly Great Lakes Connection and quarterly Water Matters newsletters.