At a public event yesterday at Wayne State University, the International Joint Commission released its 15th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality. In its report, the IJC detailed 32 recommendations for action at the federal, state, provincial and local levels of government. (The full report and executive summary are available online.) Most notably, the recommendations focus on the need for the U.S. and Canada to approve a revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to protect drinking water and human health from threats including inadequate wastewater treatment, agricultural run-off, industrial livestock operations, and pharmaceuticals. The report also recommends binational governance improvements to provide a rapid response to stop the spread of invasive species and basin-wide consistency in fish consumption advisories. The release of the report is just part of the ongoing public process under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The process culminates with the Great Lakes Biennial Meeting, which will be held October 12-14 at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Update: More IJC news – President Obama announced that he intends to nominate the final two US members of the IJC: (1) Dereth Glance, currently the Executive Program Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a non-profit citizens environmental and public health advocacy organization in New York and Connecticut; and (2) Rich Moy, a Senior Fellow at the Center of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Montana and former Water Management Bureau Chief for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. See the White House announcement for more info.