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  Beneficial Uses
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Overview
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement calls for Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) to restore and protect 14 beneficial uses in Areas of Concern. An impaired beneficial use means a change in the chemical, physical or biological integrity of the Great Lakes system sufficient to cause any of the following:
 
-restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
-tainting of fish and wildlife flavor
-degradation of fish wildlife populations
-fish tumors or other deformities
-bird or animal deformities or reproduction problems
-degradation of benthos
-restrictions on dredging activities
-eutrophication or undesirable algae
-restrictions on drinking water consumption, or taste and odor problems
-beach closings
-degradation of aesthetics
-added costs to agriculture or industry
-degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations
-loss of fish and wildlife habitat

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Related Resources
GLIN: Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs)
GLIN: Remedial Action Plans for Great Lakes Areas of Concern

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