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Request for Proposal to Review Annex 1 of the Great Lakes Water Quality
Agreement

The International Joint Commission has asked its Great Lakes Science
Advisory Board to review Annex 1 of the Canada - United States Great Lakes
Water Quality Agreement.  The Board assigned this charge to its Parties
Implementation Work Group.  The Work Group requires the services of a
consultant and has therefore developed a request for proposal, presented
below.

One major task is to compile the most recent data that are representative of
open-lake conditions for the contaminants specified in Annex 1 in water and
in fish tissue, and compare those data to the Specific Objectives outlined
in Annex 1.  This will help answer the question, "How well are the
objectives in Annex 1 being met?"

The second major task is to compare the Specific Objectives with regulatory
or policy values that have been developed in the United States and Canada
since the Objectives were incorporated into Annex 1.  This will allow the
Commission to evaluate whether the Specific Objectives require revision, and
to help identify new approaches, new parameters, and new applications of
science to those revisions.  To achieve this task, the Work Group believes
that the following points should be addressed, through discussions with the
appropriate federal, state, and provincial government agencies:

S	abWhat are the standards / criteria / guidelines that the agency
employs for the protection of water quality in the Great Lakes?

S	abBriefly describe the conceptual basis for establishing each set of
standards / criteria / guidelines.  For example, GLI criteria are
established to protect human health, to protect 95% of the aquatic community
95% of the time, and to protect wildlife that eat organisms that live in
water.  Specifically, they consider exposure due to bioaccumulation from
water and sediment for five species of birds and mammals that feed on Great
Lakes basin fish.

S	abFor each set of standards / criteria / guidelines, briefly
summarize the approach used by the agency to assess compliance.

S	abDoes the agency use any other approaches to assess water quality
in the Great Lakes, for example, biological indices or bioindicators.

Your proposal for the conduct of the review, conforming with the Work
Group's requirements, is hereby requested.  Please submit your proposal by
close of business, 5:00 PM EST, on Friday, December 29, 2000.  If you have
any questions or require additional documentation, please do not hesitate to
contact us (address below).  Thank you.



REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

REVIEW OF ANNEX 1
OF THE
GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY AGREEMENT


Introduction and Background

The Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is a formal
commitment of the two federal governments "to restore and maintain the
chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great
Lakes Basin Ecosystem."  Through the Agreement, the Parties 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 Parties Implementation Work Group of the International Joint
Commission's Great Lakes Science Advisory Board wishes to undertake a review
of the basis, relevance, and applicability of the Specific Objectives.  The
Work Group is particularly interested in determining the status of the Great
Lakes relative to the Specific Objectives;  the relationship of regulatory
values to the Specific Objectives;  the adequacy of the Specific Objectives
relative to current knowledge of science, concepts and practices, and
historical practice and policy;  the relevance of the Specific Objectives
for assessing compliance and for enforcement;  substances for which
objectives may no longer be relevant, necessary, or scientifically
justified; new substances for which Specific Objectives may be needed;  and
demonstration of achievement of specific objectives.

For further background, the following documents are available upon request:

*	abWork Group issue paper presented to the International Joint
Commission, September 26, 2000.

*	abAnnex 1 assessment prepared by Environment Canada, July 1999.

Scope of Review

The Work Group requires the services of a consultant to undertake a
technical review leading to an assessment of Annex 1 of the Agreement.
Specific tasks include:

1)	For the contaminants and media specified in Annex 1:  compile the
most current field data that are representative of open-lake conditions and
compare those data with the Specific Objectives.  The comparison may be both
qualitative and quantitative.

1)	For the contaminants and media specified in Annex 1:  compile
current statutory, regulatory, and policy (e.g. guideline) values used by
the United States and Canadian federal agencies, Great Lakes state agencies,
and Ontario provincial government agencies to manage Great Lakes
environmental quality and, where possible, compare those values with the
Specific Objectives.

1)	Briefly summarize the conceptual basis and rationale for the
development and application of each set of values from Task 2, above.

1)	Briefly summarize how each Great Lakes agency assesses compliance
with each set of values from Task 2, above.

1)	Prepare a report that presents and provides the consultant's
assessment of the relevance and currency of the Specific Objectives as
currently constituted.  A draft report will be submitted for review by, and
discussion with, the Work Group one month prior to submission of the final
report.

1)	Present the results of the final report at a (separately funded)
Commission-sponsored workshop on a review of Annex 1.

Funds Available

Funds not to exceed $15,000 US are available through the Great Lakes
Commission for this project.

Schedule

Proposals for conduct of the above-described work are hereby solicited from
potential consultants.  The proposals will outline how the tasks can be
undertaken, and a schedule, to ensure that advice and guidance are developed
in a timely manner.  Proposals will be accepted until close of business,
5:00 PM EST, on Friday, December 29, 2000.  The proposals received will be
reviewed and a decision made to award a contract made no later than Friday,
January 5, 2001.

The draft report must be submitted electronically no later than close of
business on Wednesday, February 14, 2001.  The final report must be
submitted electronically no later than close of business on Wednesday, March
14, 2001.  The workshop is tentatively scheduled for late March 2001.

For Further Information

Please contact:

	Dr. M.P. Bratzel, Jr.
	Great Lakes Regional Office
	International Joint Commission
	100 Ouellette Avenue - 8th Floor
	Windsor, Ontario  N9A 6T3
	Tel:  519.257.6701
	Fax:  519.257.6740
	e-mail:  bratzelm@windsor.ijc.org

Prepared:  December 6, 2000

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