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Michael Goffin, Environment Canada, and Susan Hedman, US EPA Michael Goffin, Environment Canada, and Susan Hedman, US EPA Presentation Transcript

  • GLWQA 2012 HighlightsMichael Goffin, Environment Canada – and –Susan Hedman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1
  • Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement 1972 2
  • Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement - Over Time 3
  • Amended GLWQA Agreement Signed Sept 7, 2012 4
  • 2012 GLWQA AmendmentsTo read or download the entire text: Environment Canada: http://www.ec.gc.ca/grandslacs-greatlakes/ Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/glwqa/ 5
  • 2012 GLWQA Amendments Existing Approaches Retained• Bi-national efforts focused on Areas of Concern, lakewide management, vessels, chemicals , and nutrients• Bi-national principles (e.g., virtual elimination)• Domestic implementation 6
  • 2012 GLWQA Amendments - What’s New• Expanded scope to address full range of issues that impact Great Lakes water quality• Increased emphasis on pollution prevention• New issues: nearshore, aquatic invasives, habitat, climate change impacts 7
  • Engagement under the GLWQA 8
  • Engagement under the GLWQA• Great Lakes Public Forum• New Great Lakes Executive Committee with expanded membership to advise Parties• Specific commitments throughout to consult 9
  • Areas of ConcernRestore beneficial uses in Areas of Concernthrough implementation of Remedial Action Plans 10
  • Lakewide Management• Assess each lake and address water quality threats on lakewide scale• Develop a binational nearshore assessment and management framework 11
  • Chemicals of Mutual ConcernReduce anthropogenic release of chemicals ofmutual concern 12
  • NutrientsCoordinate binational actions to managephosphorus concentrations and loadings --and other nutrients, if warranted 13
  • Discharges from VesselsPrevent and control vessel discharges harmfulto the quality of the Waters of the Great Lakes 14
  • Aquatic Invasive SpeciesPrevent the introduction of AIS, control orreduce the spread of existing AIS, and eradicateexisting AIS where feasible 15
  • Habitat and SpeciesConserve, protect, maintain, restore and enhancethe resilience of native species and their habitat 16
  • GroundwaterCoordinate groundwater scienceand management actions 17
  • Climate Change ImpactsCo-ordinate efforts to identify,quantify, understand and predictclimate change impacts and shareinformation 18
  • ScienceEnhance coordination, integration, synthesis,and assessment of science activities 19
  • GLWQA ImplementationStructure and Management 20
  • Great Lakes Executive Committee 21
  • Great Lakes Executive Committee• Annex Subcommittees• Binational Secretariat 22
  • DRAFT Timeline for Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Activities • FORUM • FORUM• 1ST • SUMMIT • SUMMIT GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • GLEC • SOLEC • SOLEC • IJC • IJC Dec ’12 Jun ‘13 Sep ’13 Dec ‘13 Mar ’14 Jun ’14 Dec ’14 Jun ‘15 Dec ’15 Jun ‘16 Sep ’16 Dec ’16 Mar ‘17 Jun’17 Priorities for Science and Priorities for Action (every 3 Progress Report of the Parties Science and SOLEC yrs thereafter) Action (every 3 yrs Report SOLEC thereafter) Report (every 3 yrs thereafter) IJC Assessment of Progress (every 3 yrs thereafter)Draft 12/21/2012
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms 24
  • Implementing GLWQA throughDomestic Mechanisms - CANADA 25
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Randle Reef – Hamilton Harbour 26
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative 27
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Lake Simcoe South-Eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund 28
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Asian Carp Initiative 29
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Areas of Concern PENINSULA HARBOUR AOC NIPIGON BAY AOC 30
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA BAY OF QUINTE AOC• Areas of ConcernNIAGARA RIVER AOC ST. LAWRENCE RIVER AOC 31
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) 32
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. CLEAN WATER ACT 33
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. Clean Water Act Consent Decrees to Control Combined Sewer Overflows
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. Investment in Green Infrastructure
  • Implementing GLWQA through. Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. Clean Water Act §319 Total Maximum Daily Loads
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. 37
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S.GLRI Priority: Combating Invasive Species 38
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. GLRI Priority: Impaired Watersheds 39
  • GLRI Priority: Impaired WatershedsLower Fox River, WI Saginaw River, MI Maumee River, OH
  • Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S.GLRI Priority: Cleaning Up Areas of Concern
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  • Environment Canada:http://www.ec.gc.ca/grandslacs-greatlakes/Environmental Protection Agency:http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/glwqa/ 44