The International Joint Commission will be holding meetings in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to hear how the public views progress in work to clean up the Great Lakes. Meeting location, date and time is as follows:
March 2, 2017 – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Delta Waterfront Hotel, Algoma East Ballroom
208 St. Mary’s River Drive
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The document also suggests action on several challenges, such as:
- greater focus on drinkability, swimability and fishability
- identification of new chemicals of concern and strategies to address them
- insufficient engagement with the public in development and implementation of Lakewide Action and Management Plans.
Meetings will also be held in Detroit, Sarnia, Toledo, Buffalo, and St. Catherines.
The St. Marys River is one of the several environmental Areas of Concern around the Great Lakes. Industrial and municipal discharges as well as combined sewer overflows caused impairments of water quality, sediment and biota. Priorities for the Area of Concern include restoration of tributaries, cleanup of the Cannelton Tannery Superfund site, sea lamprey control, elimination of combined sewer overflows and remediation of contaminated sediments.