- Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority to Reduce Phosphorus and Algal Blooms. The ultimate goal of this priority is to advise governments on the essential elements of a plan to reduce the loading of phosphorus to Lake Erie and to prevent harmful algal blooms. The work group will focus on developing a better scientific understanding of causes and controls and make recommendations for needed monitoring systems and best management practices to address agricultural, urban, and industrial sources of nutrient pollution. Expected outcomes also include recommendations to improve coastal resiliency and governance.
- Assessment of Progress toward Restoring the Great Lakes. This priority will examine both human health and environmental indicators to assess progress toward Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement objectives. Experts will also identify gaps in current monitoring programs and recommend needed improvements in monitoring capabilities. In addition, a framework for assessing the effectiveness of programs and other measures implemented by governments to protect and restore the Great Lakes under the Agreement will be developed.
- Assessing the Capacity to Deliver Great Lakes Science and Information. With a focus on Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement objectives, the work group will assess binational capacity and capability to coordinate and deliver Great Lakes science. In particular, access to data will be a key focus of their work, including identifying a common portal to lists of both human health and environmental data and demonstrating the benefits of connecting such datasets. Efforts under this priority will also include increasing the capacity of the IJC to process and distribute GIS/remote sensing information in support of Agreement reporting requirements.
Under terms of the Canada-US Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Commission has an ongoing reference to assess progress towards the goals of the Agreement and to provide expert scientific advice on issues related to restoring and protect water quality in the Great Lakes. First signed in 1972, an updated version of the Agreement is expected to be signed by the parties later this year.
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