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Workshop -- Review of Annex 1 of the Agreement -- March 21, 2001

You are cordially invited to attend the workshop, Review of Annex 1 of the
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, to be held at The Michigan League, Ann
Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday, March 21, 2001.  The workshop is sponsored by
the Parties Implementation Work Group of the International Joint
Commission's Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, in collaboration with the
Great Lakes Commission.

Background information and the workshop program are presented below.

Recognizing that the scientific basis and rationale for Annex 1 -- Specific
Objectives -- was developed a quarter century ago, the International Joint
Commission asked its Science Advisory Board to investigate whether the
Specific Objectives are still appropriate and relevant, so that the
Commission may advise the Parties about the adequacy of Annex 1.

To ensure development of solid advice to the Commission, the Work Group,
through this workshop, wishes to secure your advice and insight.

To provide orientation to the issue, the Work Group, through Limno-Tech,
Inc., has developed a factual background report that explores the validity
and utility of the objectives.  The report:

-       Compares present environmental conditions to the Annex 1 Specific
Objectives.
-       Compares current regulatory and policy values with the Objectives.
-       Describes the conceptual basis and rationale for development and
application of current regulatory values.
-       Describes assessment of compliance with regulatory values.

The report will be provided to workshop registrants prior to the workshop.

Workshop presentations will explore standard setting and compliance
assessment, and invited panelists will provide their views.  To stimulate
discussion, the Work Group poses the following questions:

-       Is Annex 1 still relevant and useful?  Why or why not?
-       Should Annex 1 be revised?  If so, how?
-       Is there a role for SOLEC or other indicators in the Agreement?
-       How should achievement of a Specific Objective or a regulatory value
be judged?

The information below contains a registration form and also information
about accommodations.  Please advise Marty Bratzel whether you will be
attending.  Contact information:  telephone -- 519.257.6701;  fax --
519.257.6740;  e-mail -- bratzelm@windsor.ijc.org .  If you have any
questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact
Marty.

We look forward to your participation and contribution.


Tony Wagner and Michael Donahue
Co-Chairs
Great Lakes Science Advisory Board


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REVIEW OF ANNEX 1
OF THE
GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY AGREEMENT

A workshop sponsored by the
Parties Implementation Work Group
of the
Science Advisory Board
of the
International Joint Commission
in collaboration with the
Great Lakes Commission

to be held at

The Michigan League
Ann Arbor, Michigan

March 21, 2001


* * * * *


THE ISSUE

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is a formal commitment by Canada and
the United States "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and
biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem."
Through the Agreement, the Parties in 1978 adopted "the Specific Objectives
for the boundary waters of the Great Lakes System as set forth in Annex 1."
The Agreement defines Specific Objectives as:

                 "the concentration or quantity of a substance or level of
effect that the Parties agree ... to recognize as the maximum or minimum
desired limit for a defined body of water or portion thereof, taking into
account the beneficial uses or level of environmental quality which the
Parties desire to secure and protect."

The International Joint Commission asked its Great Lakes Science Advisory
Board to investigate whether the Specific Objectives are still appropriate
and relevant, so that it may advise the Parties about the adequacy of Annex
1.  To explore the issue, the Board's Parties Implementation Work Group is
investigating the validity and utility of the objectives through development
of a factual background report and securing advice through an expert
workshop.

BACKGROUND REPORT

The Work Group contracted with Limno-Tech Inc. to develop the background
report, which will be presented at the workshop.  The report:

-       Compares the status of the Great Lakes relative to the Specific
Objectives
-       Compares current regulatory and policy values to the Specific
Objectives
-       Describes the conceptual basis and rationale for the development and
application of current regulatory values
-       Describes how Great Lakes agencies assess compliance with regulatory
values, plus other approaches used to assess Great Lakes water quality.

The background report will be provided to workshop registrants prior to the
workshop.  Annex 1 is available on the web at:
   http://www.ijc.org/ijcweb-e.html .

THE WORKSHOP

The target audience are those who are in a position to advise senior levels
of the Parties to the Agreement regarding the adequacy of Annex 1 and the
potential need for revision, as well as those with an interest in the role
of Specific Objectives in the Agreement.

Workshop presentations will explore:

-       The science of standard setting -- approaches, parameters, and
applications of science.
-       The science of compliance assessment -- judging achievement of an
Agreement objective or jurisdictional value.

To stimulate your thinking, panelists will present their views on the issue.
To promote discussion, the Work Group presents the following questions:

-       Is Annex 1 still relevant and useful?  Why or why not?
-       Should Annex 1 be revised?  If so, how?
-       Is there a role for ecological indicators (e.g. SOLEC) in the
Agreement?
-       How should achievement of Specific Objectives be judged?

Your insight is essential to ensure development of solid advice for the
Commission.


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

9:00 - 9:15             Introduction -- Jay Unwin
                                 How we got here and what we will do today

9:15 - 10:00    Review of Annex 1 and its History -- Dr. Joel L. Fisher,
International Joint Commission

10:00 - 10:30   Presentation of Background Report -- Joe DePinto and Wendy
Larson, Limno-Tech Inc.

10:30 - 10:45   Break

10:45 - 11:15   The Science of Standard Setting -- Paul Freedman, Limno Tech
Inc. (invited)

11:15 - 11:45   The Science of Compliance Assessment -- speaker to be
announced

11:45 - 1:00    Lunch -- On your own.  Our recommendation:  The Michigan
League cafeteria

1:00 - 3:00             Options Panel -- Isobel Heathcote, Moderator
                                 Paul Horvatin, U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency
                         Doug Spry, Environment Canada
                                 George Kuper, Council of Great Lakes
Industries (invited)
                         Neil Kagan, National Wildlife Federation

3:00 - 4:30             Plenary Discussion -- Focussed on the specific
questions above

4:30                    Adjourn


WORKSHOP VENUE

The Michigan League is located on the main campus of the University of
Michigan in the heart of Ann Arbor, near the corner of North University and
Fletcher.  Directions -- From I-94, proceed north on State Street, then east
on North University three blocks to Fletcher.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation is available at two hotels within walking distance of The
Michigan League.  Both provide parking for registered guests.

         Bell Tower Hotel
         300 South Thayer
         Ann Arbor, Michigan  48104
         Tel:  734.769.3010                      Rate:  $87.00 + 8% tax

         Campus Inn
         615 East Huron
         Ann Arbor, Michigan  48104
         Tel:  734.769.2200                      Rate:  $89.00 + 8% tax

Since the workshop is a government-sponsored function, ask for the
government rate, quoted above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER

Contact:

                 Marty Bratzel.
                 International Joint Commission
                 Tel:  519.257.6701
                 Fax:  519.257.6740
                 bratzelm@windsor.ijc.org

REGISTRATION FORM
Please fax this page to Marty Bratzel at:  519.257.6740

Name ___________________________________________________

Affiliation ____________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

City ___________ Province / State _________ Code _______

Phone ____________________ Fax _________________________

e-mail _________________________________________________




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