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International Great Lakes Agreement Under the Microscope
Great Lakes United will debate changes to landmark Canada-U.S. arrangement

BUFFALO, NY  June 5, 2006 – The governments of the United States and Canada are reviewing the 1972 agreement governing the protection of the Great Lakes and everything is on the table from a complete overhaul to merely minor, cosmetic tinkering.  Members of Great Lakes United will discuss priorities and strategies at GLU’s Annual General Meeting June 9-11 at Detroit’s Madonna University.

It has been 19 years since the last significant revision of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and, more than ever, attention seems focussed on re-opening the Agreement.

 “Scientific understanding of the region’s ecological health has changed dramatically in the past two decades, yet we find ourselves still struggling to clean up the pollution from the 1950s,” said Great Lakes United executive director Derek Stack.  “Reopening the Agreement presents both significant opportunities and serious risks.  New issues need to be addressed, but past objectives have yet to be met.  We are using our AGM as a platform to discuss just what those opportunities and risks will be.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Gail Krantzberg, whose experience offers an insider’s perspective on the Agreement.  From 2001 to 2005 Dr. Krantzberg served as director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission (IJC), a  US-Canada treaty organization that mediates water disputes between the two countries and reports on progress made under the Agreement.  Dr. Krantzberg is currently the director of the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy at McMaster University.

Entitled ‘Time to Review’, the Great Lakes United AGM is an opportunity for members to discuss the Agreement through panels focussing on local, regional, and national dimensions.  Panellists present a diverse range of views, with representatives from the Detroit-Windsor area’s Citizens’ Environmental Alliance, the Canadian Auto Workers, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, and First Nations groups.  Great Lakes United’s unique binational character provides an ideal vehicle for engaging in a cross-sectional dialogue of the implications for both Canadian and American policy.

For more information on GLU's AGM visit www.glu.org.

Derek R. Stack
Executive Director
Great Lakes United
Office: (716) 886-0142