GLWQA 2012 HighlightsMichael Goffin, Environment Canada              – and –Susan Hedman, U.S. Environmental         Prote...
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/...
2012 GLWQA Amendments       Existing Approaches Retained• Bi-national efforts focused on  Areas of Concern, lakewide  mana...
2012 GLWQA Amendments - What’s New• Expanded scope to address full range of issues  that impact Great Lakes water quality•...
Engagement under the GLWQA                             8
Engagement under the GLWQA• Great Lakes Public  Forum• New Great Lakes Executive Committee  with expanded membership to ad...
Areas of ConcernRestore beneficial uses in Areas of Concernthrough implementation of Remedial Action Plans                ...
Lakewide Management• Assess each lake and address water quality  threats on lakewide scale• Develop a binational nearshore...
Chemicals of Mutual ConcernReduce anthropogenic release of chemicals ofmutual concern                                     ...
NutrientsCoordinate binational actions to managephosphorus concentrations and loadings --and other nutrients, if warranted...
Discharges from VesselsPrevent and control vessel discharges harmfulto the quality of the Waters of the Great Lakes       ...
Aquatic Invasive SpeciesPrevent the introduction of AIS, control orreduce the spread of existing AIS, and eradicateexistin...
Habitat and SpeciesConserve, protect, maintain, restore and enhancethe resilience of native species and their habitat     ...
GroundwaterCoordinate groundwater scienceand management actions                                 17
Climate Change ImpactsCo-ordinate efforts to identify,quantify, understand and predictclimate change impacts and shareinfo...
ScienceEnhance coordination, integration, synthesis,and assessment of science activities                                  ...
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                          ...
Implementing GLWQA through   Domestic Mechanisms                             24
Implementing GLWQA throughDomestic Mechanisms - CANADA                               25
Implementing GLWQA through   Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Randle Reef – Hamilton Harbour                                 ...
Implementing GLWQA through    Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative                               ...
Implementing GLWQA through   Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Lake Simcoe South-Eastern Georgian Bay  Clean-Up Fund          ...
Implementing GLWQA through    Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Asian Carp Initiative                                   29
Implementing GLWQA through      Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Areas of Concern PENINSULA HARBOUR AOC                      ...
Implementing GLWQA through      Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA                                 BAY OF QUINTE AOC• Areas of C...
Implementing GLWQA through    Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting  the Great Lakes Basin Eco...
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                            ...
Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S.   GLRI Priority: Impaired Watersheds                                ...
GLRI Priority: Impaired                  WatershedsLower Fox River, WI                      Saginaw River, MI             ...
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/glwq...
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Michael Goffin, Environment Canada, and Susan Hedman, US EPA

  1. 1. GLWQA 2012 HighlightsMichael Goffin, Environment Canada – and –Susan Hedman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1
  2. 2. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement 1972 2
  3. 3. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement - Over Time 3
  4. 4. Amended GLWQA Agreement Signed Sept 7, 2012 4
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Engagement under the GLWQA 8
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Areas of ConcernRestore beneficial uses in Areas of Concernthrough implementation of Remedial Action Plans 10
  11. 11. Lakewide Management• Assess each lake and address water quality threats on lakewide scale• Develop a binational nearshore assessment and management framework 11
  12. 12. Chemicals of Mutual ConcernReduce anthropogenic release of chemicals ofmutual concern 12
  13. 13. NutrientsCoordinate binational actions to managephosphorus concentrations and loadings --and other nutrients, if warranted 13
  14. 14. Discharges from VesselsPrevent and control vessel discharges harmfulto the quality of the Waters of the Great Lakes 14
  15. 15. Aquatic Invasive SpeciesPrevent the introduction of AIS, control orreduce the spread of existing AIS, and eradicateexisting AIS where feasible 15
  16. 16. Habitat and SpeciesConserve, protect, maintain, restore and enhancethe resilience of native species and their habitat 16
  17. 17. GroundwaterCoordinate groundwater scienceand management actions 17
  18. 18. Climate Change ImpactsCo-ordinate efforts to identify,quantify, understand and predictclimate change impacts and shareinformation 18
  19. 19. ScienceEnhance coordination, integration, synthesis,and assessment of science activities 19
  20. 20. GLWQA ImplementationStructure and Management 20
  21. 21. Great Lakes Executive Committee 21
  22. 22. Great Lakes Executive Committee• Annex Subcommittees• Binational Secretariat 22
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms 24
  25. 25. Implementing GLWQA throughDomestic Mechanisms - CANADA 25
  26. 26. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Randle Reef – Hamilton Harbour 26
  27. 27. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative 27
  28. 28. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Lake Simcoe South-Eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund 28
  29. 29. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Asian Carp Initiative 29
  30. 30. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Areas of Concern PENINSULA HARBOUR AOC NIPIGON BAY AOC 30
  31. 31. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA BAY OF QUINTE AOC• Areas of ConcernNIAGARA RIVER AOC ST. LAWRENCE RIVER AOC 31
  32. 32. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – CANADA• Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) 32
  33. 33. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. CLEAN WATER ACT 33
  34. 34. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. Clean Water Act Consent Decrees to Control Combined Sewer Overflows
  35. 35. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. Investment in Green Infrastructure
  36. 36. Implementing GLWQA through. Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. Clean Water Act §319 Total Maximum Daily Loads
  37. 37. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. 37
  38. 38. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S.GLRI Priority: Combating Invasive Species 38
  39. 39. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S. GLRI Priority: Impaired Watersheds 39
  40. 40. GLRI Priority: Impaired WatershedsLower Fox River, WI Saginaw River, MI Maumee River, OH
  41. 41. Implementing GLWQA through Domestic Mechanisms – U.S.GLRI Priority: Cleaning Up Areas of Concern
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  44. 44. Environment Canada:http://www.ec.gc.ca/grandslacs-greatlakes/Environmental Protection Agency:http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/glwqa/ 44

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