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GLIN==> IJC Announces Survey on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement



Survey on the Great Lakes to“Test the waters”



Water, water everywhere, but how much can we drink? The role of the Great Lakes as the largest source of fresh, surface water in the world is in the news every day. And worries about global warming have only made the question of Great Lakes sustainability more urgent.


In the spirit of international cooperation between the citizens of Canada and the United States, the International Joint Commission of Canada and the United States will conduct a survey to gather public views around this international basin. The survey will “test the waters” regarding these views on:

·        How successful the current U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement has been in improving water quality in the lakes,

·        Whether there is a need for a new or amended agreement, and

·        Who should be responsible for further improvements to water quality.


The results of the survey will be released at Commission’s "Sustainable Cities, Healthy Watersheds" 2007 Great Lakes Biennial Meeting and Conference.  The two-day conference and public meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8, 2007 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The public is welcome to attend and participate..


The Commission hopes that the survey will be a fun, easy way for the Canadian and U.S. public to let decision-makers know how they feel about cleaning up the Great Lakes.


The survey can be completed on line at: http://www.ijc.org/rel/2007biennial/registration.php.  It can also be

downloaded, printed out, completed and mailed to the GLRO.


Paper surveys are available from (please specify language):


Bruce Brown                                        Bruce Brown

International Joint Commission  International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office                 Great Lakes Regional Office
100 Ouellette Ave., 8th Floor               PO Box 32869
Windsor, ON  N9A 6T3
                      Detroit, MI 48232
Phone: 519-257-6733                          Phone: 313-226-2170, ext. 6733

Fax:  519-257-6740                             Fax: 519-257-6740


For more information about the IJC and the 13th Biennial Meeting in Chicago please see: http://www.ijc.org/rel/2007biennial/index.html

Nick Heisler                             Bruce Brown                Frank Bevacqua

613-293-7144                         519-257-1671             202-736-9024





Bruce B. Brown

Public Affairs Specialist

International Joint Commission

100 Ouellette Avenue 8th Floor

Windsor ON N9A 6T3


Tel (CN): 519-257-6733

Tel (US): 313-226-2170, ext. 6733


Fax: 519-257-6740


Email: BrownB@windsor.ijc.org