Friday, May 28, 2010

Binational Public Engagement For GLWQA Amendments

May 27: The Governments of Canada and the United States (the Parties) recognize the importance of engaging the Great Lakes community as they proceed with the negotiations to amend the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). Therefore, to ensure broad and meaningful public engagement, the Parties are inviting public input on a number of substantive issues being addressed during the negotiations.   
    The parties have established a series of binational public webinars on the issues at various times on June 7, 8, and 9. The issues include: Governance including Place-Based Approaches and Science Coordination; Climate Change Impacts and Habitats and Species; Toxic Substances; Nutrients; and Ship-Source Pollution and Aquatic Invasive Species. They are interested in receiving input and comments on all issues and have established a separate website for comments on all issues.
    Access complete information with details on times and web links for each webinar and for submitting comments (click here). Access the GLNPO GLWQA website for additional information (click here).

New Website For International Upper Great Lakes Study

May 27: The International Upper Great Lakes Study has launched a completely redesigned website. According to an announcement, the key goal of the new design is to allow the public easier access to important information and Study documents. For example, the Study Board, Technical Working Groups and Public Interest Advisory Group all have new pages where the interested public can find information about membership, mandate, meeting minutes and progress reports. The latest information regarding the Study is available in a "Highlights" area, and the "Media" section archives helpful documents, including "On the Level" (the Study newsletter), news releases, and detailed factsheets about key aspects of the Study. The site also provides easy access to all documents related to the St. Clair River report that was published last year, including the final report, summary documents, supporting technical reports and public comments.
    Access the new website (click here). Access several WIMS blog postings on the Upper Great Lakes Study (click here).