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Toronto Workshop



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE						

For more information:
Sonya Meek
Toronto & Region Conservation
Phone:  (416) 661-6600, ext 253
Fax:  (416) 661-6898
E-mail: smeek@trca.on.ca

INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION'S GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY BOARD AND
TORONTO AND REGION REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN (RAP) HOST PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON
MAY 13
May 6, 1999  Toronto, Ontario - The International Joint Commission's
(IJC) Great Lakes Water Quality Board and the Toronto and Region
Remedial Action Plan (RAP) are hosting a one-day public workshop
entitled "Toward a Watershed Monitoring Framework for the Toronto
Region" on May 13, 1999.  This public forum will focus on a monitoring
framework that is designed to help assess the health of watershed
ecosystems and the progress toward restoring beneficial uses in those
watersheds.  The meeting is free of charge and open to all citizens
concerned with water quality in the Toronto area.  It is being held
Thursday, May 13 at Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross
Parkway in Toronto.  Seating is limited; reserve your seat by calling
Tija Luste at the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, (416) 943-8080, x.231.

The workshop will include:  
*	presentation of the proposed monitoring framework and other
innovative monitoring approaches,
*	break-out sessions of watershed monitoring issues, and a
*	special session on contaminated sediment issues.

The workshop also will provide an opportunity for agencies,
municipalities and community groups to discuss recommendations arising
from a series of previous workshops and investigations on watershed
monitoring approaches.  The afternoon workshop will feature a discussion
on the assessment and interpretation of sediment quality data for the
Toronto RAP.  

The International Joint Commission (IJC) is a Canada-United States
organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help
the two governments prevent and resolve disputes over water use along
the U.S.-Canadian border.  Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
of 1978, the IJC assesses progress made by the two countries to restore
and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the
waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.  Additional information on
the IJC is available at www.ijc.org(.)
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