MPs unanimous in passing ban on microplastics The Manitoulin Expositor (4/1) The outcry over microplastics in lakes and waterways, particularly the Great Lakes, is gaining momentum in Ontario as politicians put forth actions to ban the use of microplastics in cosmetics and cleaning products.
Ohio Senate raises glass to bill limiting fertilizer application The Toledo Blade (3/26) In Ohio, the House and Senate voted to restrict application of manure and other fertilizers that contribute to toxic algae blooms, move away from open-lake dumping of dredged material, and step up monitoring at water-treatment plants.
Compromise close on Lake Erie algae legislation The Associated Press (3/22) Ohio lawmakers are moving closer to agreeing on a plan to fight the toxic algae in Lake Erie, but there's still a sticking point when it comes to dealing with farmers and livestock manure.
COMMENTARY: The need to be proactive on Great Lakes contaminants Grand Haven Tribune (3/20) Scientists are asking questions and raising new concerns about the impact of pharmaceutical products in fresh water and civic leaders around the country are just beginning to grasp the issue. In the coming years, more research will better illuminate the extent of the problem.
General Resources TEACH Great Lakes: Law and Policy Legislation focusing on the Great Lakes basin involves the federal governments of both the United States and Canada. This module discusses the organization of these two governments and the agreements and policies both have made together in order to protect the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes Ecosystem Northeast-Midwest Institute Provides the latest status on federal funding for Great Lakes projects and programs, as well as appropriations schedules and letters written by the Great Lakes Task Force.
Laws of Canada Department of Justice of Canada Has annual statutes and more.
Office of Regional Counsel U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) The office provides legal support to the U.S. EPA and represents Region 5 in judical and administrative actions.
Summary of Environmental Law in North America Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) The CEC created this summary to improve public access to the environmental law of the three parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement; i.e., Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Thomas Library of Congress Search full-text versions of U.S. House and Senate bills from recent sessions of Congress. Enter "aquatic nuisance" as key words to find bills relating to ANS.
Agreements Canada-Ontario Agreement Renews and strengthens planning, cooperation and coordination between Canada and Ontario in implementing actions to restore and protect the Great Lakes basin ecosytem.
A Strategic Plan for the Great Lakes Commission Released in September 1995, this document provides a five-year blueprint to guide the organization's efforts as mandated in its enabling legislation, the Great Lakes Basin Compact (P.L. 90-419).
Strategic Vision of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission for the Decade of the 1990s Great Lakes Fishery Commission Losses of fishery habitats, extinction of fish populations and species, and naturalization of nonnative species clearly preclude a full recovery of the Great Lakes to pristine conditions. However, a focus on the five issues as advocated in this vision statement will improve capability for more ecosystem recovery, a process encouraged by the commission (1992).
Treaties Boundary Waters Treaty Signed in 1909, it provides the principles and mechanisms to help resolve disputes and to prevent future ones, primarily those concerning water along the boundary between Canada and the United States.
Indian Treaties Industry Canada's SchoolNet Digital Collections Thirteen documents representing various types of arrangements between Aboriginal Peoples and representatives of the government of Canada have been selected for this project by the National Archives of Canada.