A portion of the Toronto skyline reflected on Lake Ontario. Credit: Allen
By Sally Cole-Misch, IJC
Over three days in early October, the governments of Canada and the United States will tell us how the lakes are faring, based on the goals and objectives they’re trying to reach in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The conference is free and open to all who want to attend on Oct. 4-6 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. Read More
Filming at a previous forum on Lake Erie.
Credit: IJC files
By Sally Cole-Misch, IJC
Over the next year, the IJC invites you to participate in its assessment of progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Here’s your cheat sheet to keep track of the meetings and other opportunities to participate. Read More
The report is known as the PROP, or Progress Report of the Parties. Credit: Gilly Walker
By Frank Bevacqua, IJC
The first progress report under the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement will cover familiar topics from earlier versions of the Agreement such as nutrients, chemicals and Areas of Concern and also bring an increased focus to newer topics including climate change impacts, groundwater, habitat and invasive species. Read More
Fishing. Family. Healing. Danger. These and other themes are included in following stories, which are just two from a group of 90 stories first-year students wrote in a course on “Living at the Water’s Edge in Toronto” that I taught at the University of Toronto in fall 2015. Read More
The Otonabee River in Peterborough. Credit: Robert Linsdell
Scientists don’t need to be out on the water collecting jars of algae to help measure a bloom – they can do it from space, too.
A team of scientists was able to use historical data from NASA ocean color satellites to measure the extent of Great Lakes algal blooms back to 1997, even before satellites were actively collecting the data. Michigan Tech Research Institute Co-Director Robert Shuchman said they wanted to answer the question on whether or not harmful algal blooms, or HABs, were getting worse year-to-year, focusing primarily on three areas. Read More
Collecting mussels from the Niagara River Area of Concern. Credit: US Army Corps of Engineers
After five years, the time has come for me to end my service as a US Commissioner for the IJC. “My dream’s dream job” is often how I described this incredible opportunity bestowed upon me by President Obama and the US Senate.
I have accepted the position of executive director of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, charged with managing the solid waste system including waste reduction, composting, recycling, disposal, and energy generation for my local community in Syracuse, New York. Read More
Glance, in blue, visits staff members at the Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario. To her left at the table is Office Director Patricia A. Morris. To her right, U.S. Commission Chair Lana Pollack. Credit: IJC files