1.2.1 Environmental Results: Trends in Concentrations and Effects of Persistent Toxic Substances
Workshop on Environmental Results
Reasons for Monitoring for Trend
Adequacy of the Parties' Programs for Monitoring for Effects
Assessment for Trend
Findings and Recommendations
1.2.2 Persistent Toxic Substances: Neurobehavioural Toxicology and Policy Implications
Epidemiological Evidence and Review of Neurobehavioural Effects
The Health Conference '97 - Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River
General Assessment
Policy Goals
Policy Implications Workshop
1.3.1 Workshop on PCBs, the New Equilibrium?
Findings and Recommendation
1.3.2 RAP Progress: Site Visits to Two Areas of Concern
1.3.3 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference
1.4.1 Governance
The Evolution of Great Lakes Basin Governance
The International Joint Commission and its Role in Basin Governance
Embracing the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century
Findings and Recommendations
1.4.2 Ecological Economics as an Emerging Issue
1.4.3 Foodweb Dynamics in Aquatic Systems as an Emerging Issue
1.4.4 Public Survey Results

Figure 1. Ecological/Environmental Variability


How do you know what you know? This was the question posed at a small workshop held May 29, 1997 to consider new evidence of the effects of chemicals found in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River system on human health, held in conjunction with the Science Advisory Board's (SAB) meeting in Hamilton, Ontario. How certain are scientists that eating contaminated Great Lakes fish prior to or during pregnancy results in neurobehavioural deficits in infants exposed in utero? How sure are we that the changes were caused by PCBs and not by DDE? How solid is the evidence that eating fish from the St. Lawrence River results in a loss of attention and memory in adults?

In the 19th century, philosophers played a significant role in the practice of science. In this century, philosophers and scientists have developed specialized disciplines for their spheres of interest and nowhere is this more apparent than in the environmental sciences. Is there a role for philosophers in the practice of environmental sciences and particularly in relation to bilateral approaches to transboundary pollution under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement?

A large part of the initiatives to manage pollutants in the U.S. and Canada is assumed under the policy of pollution prevention using well established risk-assessment methodologies. This approach is essential for addressing substances currently being released into the ecosystem or that are likely to come into commerce as new chemicals. The challenge for scientists and regulatory officials working in the Great Lakes basin however, is to address the continuing injury to human health and resources caused by past commercial practices involving persistent toxic substances. The scientific aspects of defining injury and its causes, assessing trends, and evaluating progress are the essence of the activities of SAB and central to the recommendations in this report.

Since the time of Aristotle, philosophers of science have pondered causes and effects, but only in the past 150 years have scientists applied epidemiologic methods to human health. Only in the past 40 years have health practitioners, authorities and researchers systematized the philosophical underpinnings of the knowledge of the causal relationship of certain diseases to specific pollutants. These were codified by the United States surgeon general in 1964, in relation to the causal relationship between lung cancer and cigarette smoking (U.S. Surgeon General 1964). They have been similarly codified as epidemiological criteria and applied by Sir Austin Bradford Hill to a range of occupational and environmental diseases and were addressed by SAB in its chapter of the 1993-95 Priorities Report (IJC 1995; Hill 1965). In terms of research on human health, recent initiatives have resulted in a series of definitive statements about the injury and the specific causal agents. In turn, these statements now form the specific knowledge on which regulatory officials can act to formulate new policies with confidence using existing laws to restore the integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

In fulfilling its broad mandate to provide science advice under the Agreement, SAB's three work groups (Ecosystem Health, Emerging Issues and Parties Implementation) addressed an IJC priority for the 1995-97 biennial cycle on health, and identified several other topics upon which it developed its independent advice. While each activity has its own salience, taken together, they could also be viewed in terms of new scientific knowledge or research needs, and its relevance for policymakers in implementing the Agreement and sustaining progress.

It is clear, based on findings from the Workshop on Environmental Results: Monitoring and Trends of Effects Caused by Persistent Toxic Substances; the Workshop on PCBs, the New Equilibrium?; and Foodweb Dynamics in Aquatic Systems, that increased monitoring is needed in order to evaluate progress towards restoration. Similarly, the review of institutional performance in terms of Remedial Action Plan (RAP) progress, State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) and governance, reveals the need for a systematic approach to achieve the purpose of the Agreement, based on efficacy and accountability. As an emerging issue, ecological economics holds potential as a new way to understand the effect of man's activities by applying economic analysis to model the interaction between the economy and the ecosystem. Finally, creating a linkage between science and policy, the Workshop on Policy Implications of Evidence Regarding Toxic Substances and Human Health, held September 5-7, 1997, addressed what actions are needed to respond to the new research findings related to neurobehavioural effects of persistent toxic substances. The findings and recommendations from this workshop will be submitted to IJC as a special report from SAB.


1.2.1 Environmental Results: Trends in Concentrations and Effects of Persistent Toxic Substances


Article IV of the Boundary Waters Treaty states that the boundary waters shall not be polluted on either side to the injury of health or property on the other. During the first half of the present century, the Great Lakes became progressively more contaminated with a variety of persistent toxic substances. In 1978, the Parties to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement agreed to a new policy stating that the discharges of any or all persistent toxic substances be virtually eliminated. The second half of the present century has been marked by extensive investment by governments and industries to treat and control discharges and emissions of pollutants, including persistent toxic substances. The results have been encouraging, and concentrations of many persistent toxic substances have decreased markedly during the past 25 years, though the recent data indicate little, if any, change in the concentrations of persistent toxic substances in the past decade.

There is extensive evidence that concentrations of persistent toxic substances were sufficiently high to have resulted in toxicological effects on populations of exposed organisms, including humans. The assumption has been made that with the decreasing levels of these substances in the Great Lakes, the incidence of these toxicological effects would concomitantly decline. IJC, in preparing its 1995-97 priorities for the work to be undertaken by SAB, directed it to host a workshop examining this assumption and report on the adequacy of the monitoring programs undertaken by the Parties to determine trends in the concentrations and effects of persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes basin.

Workshop on Environmental Results

SAB held a Workshop on Environmental Results September 12-13, 1996 in Windsor, Ontario. The workshop commenced with a keynote address by Donald Tillitt describing the advances that had been made in demonstrating causal relationships between the observed effects in wild populations and exposures to a few persistent toxic substances. There were subsequent presentations on the results of monitoring for trends in concentrations of persistent toxic substances in a variety of media such as air, water and sediments, as well as in biota, such as lake trout and other fish species, herring gull eggs and human blood. Presenters were Paul Baumann, Christine Bishop, William Bowerman, David Carpenter, Carol Edsall, Peter Ewins, Glen Fox, Keith Grasman, Diane Henshel, Raymond Hoff, Hal Humphrey, James Ludwig, Melanie Neilson, Wolf Scheider, Deborah Swackhammer, Chip Weseloh and Mike Whittle.

Presentations were made on a variety of effects noted at various levels of biological organization in populations of species that have been shown to have been affected by exposures to persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes basin. These effects include the trends in the reproductive and population status of bald eagles, ospreys, herring gulls, double crested cormorants, lake trout and snapping turtles; differential recruitment of Caspian terns to colonies in the United States and Canada; the incidence of a variety of anomalies in physiological and biochemical markers, such as porphyrins, vitamin A storage and thyroid status in herring gulls; and the incidence of papillomas and liver tumours in brown bullheads. Populations of humans have been exposed to persistent toxic substances from Great Lakes foodwebs and a presentation was made concerning effects in humans and particularly their offspring. The detailed technical papers are to be published as proceedings in the peer-reviewed literature in The Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Journal.

Reasons for Monitoring for Trend

Monitoring for the observed rates of effects should be an integral part of the procedures for the assessment of toxic chemicals for environmental management and cleanup. In most cases, scientists investigating chemically-induced effects start with either an analytical finding of contaminants in the environment or a biological observation of effects occurring in wildlife. Frequently, both are found and lead to the formulation of hypotheses about possible causal relationships. The contaminant levels and the observed effects are linked in an exposure assessment from which preliminary inferences about cause and effect are made. Hypotheses are then formulated and tested through laboratory studies to determine whether the particular chemicals detected could have caused that kind of effect. These inferences about the putative causal agents can lead to further refinement and to agent identification.

Agent identification is complex in the Great Lakes environment and in many other environments because the contaminants are so strongly correlated. One of the most difficult tasks in determining causal relationships is in providing defensible evidence that contaminant A, rather than contaminant B, is the critical agent contributing to the observed effect when this is indeed the case. The identification of a critical agent is necessary to provide scientifically defensible advice on which regulatory interventions can be based. The attainment of this objective may be made even more difficult by additive and interactive effects, such as synergism or antagonism. In addition, there may be confounding factors from physical stressors such as temperature, light and humidity. Once the agents have been identified, critical sources can be identified and connected to the environmental and biotic contamination with an environmental transport model.

The information about the identification of the agent and the specific sources can be transmitted to the authorities responsible for source management. There are two kinds of source management relevant to the Great Lakes. One is a very broad scale, such as the banning of pesticides, the banning of lead in gasoline or the limitation of PCBs to closed systems. In addition, there is management of local sources, including the clean up of specific hazardous waste sites that are contributing to the general contamination of the Great Lakes. Much of this source management has been helpful. There have been changes in the levels of contamination and changes in the magnitude and nature of some of the effects. Scientists can investigate these changes to refine the process, improve the evidence for cause-effect relationships and give the managers better information to manage the sources.

Source management can lead to some changes in contamination levels that can be measured for trends which, in turn, can lead to trends in effects. With measurements showing changes in contamination levels and information on how these relate to the changes in effects, exposure assessments can be revised, and inferences about cause and effect can be verified. The question of whether the original inference that the observed effect was due to contamination with a specific chemical usually leads to additional laboratory studies.

Differential changes in contamination, when one chemical's level changes more than another chemical's level, can lead to some further verification of agent identification, an improvement in the evidence for identifying specific chemicals, improvement of source identification and in the environmental transport modelling. Finally, these findings can lead to informing the managers of the effectiveness of their actions concerning the sources, and to a reevaluation of their programs.

The elements in the process with the greatest uncertainty are the cause-and-effect inferences, and particularly in relationship to fish and mammals. In humans, the cause-and-effect relationships are difficult to establish because the various sources of exposures to substances cannot be controlled. There has been considerable difficulty in agent identification because different chemicals and possible confounding factors appear in the same places and tend to correlate with many of the effects. Similarly, there has been some difficulty with source identification, but this has improved because sources are now much better characterized. As well, there has been improvement in the verification of environmental transport models enabling managers to better understand pathways and mass balance in terms of the whole system.

Adequacy of the Parties' Programs for Monitoring for Effects

In determining the adequacy of the Parties' programs for monitoring changes in the concentrations of persistent toxic substances and in the observed rates of effects, there is a need to develop a set of criteria by which to evaluate the development of a program.

The workshop participants reviewed several candidate species that have been used and that could be used for monitoring trends in concentrations and effects. The preparation of the lists of candidate species relies on accumulated knowledge of the species that should be present in the Great Lakes region and on those that were extirpated or injured due to exposures to persistent toxic substances. It is assumed that as the concentrations of persistent toxic substances decline, the injured populations will recover and extirpated species can be reestablished. A series of review papers has been published relating the various outbreaks of disease in the Great Lakes to exposures to persistent toxic substances (Gilbertson 1989; Mac and Gilbertson 1990; Best, Gilbertson and Hudson 1990; Addison, Fox and Gilbertson 1991; Gilbertson 1992; Schneider 1991). There are several databases of effects and exposures that could be used to compile further linkages between causes and effects on a retrospective basis and taking potential confounding factors into consideration, particularly for fish and mammals.

In evaluating the adequacy of the Parties' programs, there is a need to review the selected species in relation to the geographic and temporal scale being indicated. There should not be only species sampled to report on large-scale trends, such as declines in the incidence of pollutant effects in an entire lake, but also adequate sampling of species to reflect changes at the local or regional level. Similarly, the program should be sufficiently flexible to respond to the possibility that the introduction of new species into the Great Lakes may create new critical pathways of pollutants to indigenous species. For example, the introduction of the zebra mussel to the Great Lakes has led to the increased contamination of scaup and old squaw ducks while on their Great Lakes wintering grounds, and there are indications that these species are experiencing reproductive anomalies at their breeding grounds in the Arctic.

Observational, Sampling, Archiving and Analytical Protocols
In the evaluation of the Parties' programs there is a need to evaluate the degree of standardization of the various protocols for observation of the rates of effects in the field or, in the case of humans, in clinical examinations. With declines in the concentrations of persistent toxic substances in the past 25 years, more sensitive biological measurements have been developed. Similarly, the sampling strategies, including sampling frequency, for the collection of biological materials for analysis and archiving should be assessed. The evaluation should include consideration of the quality assurance/quality control for the chemical analytical determinations.

The adequacy of systems to store, retrieve and process information on the concentrations of pollutants and on the outbreaks of chemically-induced disease and deformities should be assessed. Similarly, trends in the concentrations of persistent toxic substances and in the observed rates of effects that can be reported on a regular basis, in the scientific literature or on a web site, should be investigated.

Interpretation of Results
The purpose of the Parties to the Agreement is "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem." To help achieve this end, the policy, in part, states "the discharge of any or all persistent toxic substances be virtually eliminated." The evaluation should consider whether the Parties have formulated realistic biological objectives by which to judge whether the policy has been achieved.
The implementation of a program to determine long-term trends in the concentrations of persistent toxic substances and in the incidence of biological effects requires committed long-term funding. Thus, the Parties' programs should be evaluated in terms of a long-term commitment to funding.

Assessment for Trend

The most reliable means for the retrospective assessment of contamination in the Great Lakes basin with persistent toxic substances is from analysis of radiodated sediment cores. Sampling of other abiotic materials, such as air and water, and of biological materials, such as fish and wildlife, started after the peak concentrations of persistent toxic substances occurred in the early 1970s. Sediments can be recovered from a period before the contamination with most of the pollutants of concern. About seven sites have been analyzed and show that Lake Ontario was generally more contaminated than Lake Michigan, which was more contaminated than Lake Superior. The sediment data show that the period of greatest contamination occurred between about 1958 and 1973. Levels declined significantly until the early 1980s, since which time declines in concentrations have generally become progressively smaller or nonexistent.

There have been extensive sampling and analysis of water samples since 1986 to determine the long-term changes in concentrations, particularly in the connecting channels. The available data are consistent with the evidence from the sediment samples and show that the concentrations have been decreasing slowly in the past decade. The program to monitor the concentrations of persistent toxic substances in air was started in 1990, and thus the air data are even more recent than the water data. The results from the first five years of sample collection and analysis are not inconsistent with the trends indicated by the sediment and water analyses.

Lake trout have been sampled for trend evaluation by the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, since 1977 and their analyses provide a reliable data set. Samples of lake trout tissues have been archived for retrospective analysis. Concentrations have declined in the past 20 years, but there has been no perceptible change in concentration in the last decade.

There are excellent long-term data for herring gulls since the monitoring project was started in 1974 by the Canadian Wildlife Service. There is an extensive tissue archive that has been used to compare results from different analytical methodologies, to identify previously undetected substances and retrospectively to construct exposures. The results show that the concentrations of organochlorine pollutants declined rapidly between 1975 and the early 1980s, but that further declines have been slow or imperceptible.

There are no established projects to determine trends in the concentrations in Great Lakes populations of mammals, amphibians, reptiles or humans.

There are essentially no projects being undertaken to document trends in the observed rates of effects in any group of organisms except birds. There are effects documented in the reproduction of lake trout, snapping turtles and in human development, but there are no data on the trends in the observed rates of these effects in these organisms.

The evidence for the long-term trends in the observed rates of effects in birds from exposures to persistent toxic substances is remarkably well developed. The data for the status of the Great Lakes population of bald eagles originated in the mid-1960s when the concentrations of organochlorine pollutants were still increasing. The Great Lakes bald eagles were the most heavily contaminated of all the populations studied at that time, and the population was almost extirpated from throughout the Great Lakes region by 1970. With the decline in the concentrations of DDT, dieldrin, PCBs and other organochlorine compounds during the 1980s, some Great Lakes shoreline populations have been reestablished, naturally or artificially, with offspring from less-contaminated inland populations. Similarly, the decline in the organochlorine concentrations has resulted in the reestablishment of ospreys in Georgian Bay, aided by the involvement of local communities in protecting the breeding habitat and in constructing artificial nesting platforms.

There are extensive long-term data on the status of Great Lakes populations of double crested cormorants and a reliable set of causal relationships established between observations of specific effects and exposures to specific organochlorine pollutants. This species was almost extirpated from the Great Lakes basin as a result of eggshell thinning and breakage caused by exposures to DDT and metabolites. This species also is susceptible to exposures to compounds with a toxicological mode of action similar to the polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, including the planar PCBs and the polychlorinated dibenzofurans. The observed rates of deformities and of embryo mortality in various Great Lakes colonies is correlated with this dioxin-like activity on a colony basis. With the decline of concentrations of these organochlorine compounds in the Great Lakes, the populations of double crested cormorants have dramatically increased. Similarly, there are data showing that the incidence of deformities in cormorant chicks has declined, but there are still areas of the Great Lakes, such as Green Bay and Saginaw Bay, where the incidences of deformities are high.

One of the longest data sets on Great Lakes birds is the banding of Caspian terns. Caspian terns can be successfully recaptured in their colonies with the use of cannon nets. Analysis of banding returns has suggested that chicks fledged from Canadian colonies tend to be less contaminated than United States colonies, are more viable and are recruited as adults into the breeding colonies at a higher rate. In addition, birds fledged in Canadian colonies tend to be recruited as breeding adults into the United States colonies at a much greater rate than United States birds. The most recent data, collected for 1990-92, do not indicate that the young from the United States colonies are yet being recruited into the U.S. breeding colonies at a comparable rate.

Findings and Recommendations

Trends in Concentrations in Organisms and the Environment
SAB finds that the Parties to the Agreement have adequate long-term monitoring projects to document gross trends in the concentrations of organochlorine pollutants in Great Lakes biota. These monitoring projects include the annual sampling, analysis and tissue storage of herring gull eggs and lake trout. SAB recommends the following.

SAB finds that the removal of addled eggs and sampling of bald eagle blood and their analysis and storage have been a valuable means for documenting the trends in the concentrations of organochlorine pollutants in locations where the Great Lakes population was not extirpated by organochlorine pollutants or where the population has reestablished territories. SAB recommends the following.

The use of radiodated sediment cores as a means of reconstructing the history of contamination of the Great Lakes is a recent technological advance. Based on the few available results, the period of most severe contamination occurred between about 1958 and 1973. The concentrations of persistent toxic substances declined markedly between 1975 and 1980 but since then, trends have been less evident. SAB recommends the following.

Based on the available evidence from long-term monitoring of the concentrations of persistent toxic substances in the eggs of herring gulls and tissues of lake trout and from radiodated sediment cores, SAB finds that the concentrations of organochlorine compounds declined between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s, but decline since the mid-1980s has been less evident.

Trends in Effects in Great Lakes Organisms
SAB finds that, while the Parties to the Agreement have several projects investigating the potential use of various species and toxicological measurements, there is no formal program for monitoring the long-term changes in the observed rates of the effects of organochlorine pollutants on any Great Lakes species. Reliable causal links have been established between toxicological measurements at various levels of biological organization and exposures during this century to a few specific organochlorine pollutants in a few species. These measurements included the rates of deformities, reproductive failure, biochemical or behaviourial anomalies or the demise and recovery of populations of several Great Lakes species. These few species include the bald eagle, herring gull, double crested cormorant, Caspian tern, Forster's tern and snapping turtle. These persistent toxic substances include DDT and metabolites, dieldrin, PCBs, dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans. These persistent toxic substances are both embryotoxic and structural and functional teratogens. SAB recommends the following.

SAB finds that there is a noteworthy lack of case studies relating effects in Great Lakes fish and mammal populations to exposures to persistent toxic substances and, thus, no fish or mammal species can be recommended at this time as an indicator of changes in the observed rates of effects of persistent toxic substances. In the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the status of the beluga whale population has been related to exposures to persistent toxic substances, some of which come from the Great Lakes. SAB recommends the following.

Observed rates of effects on populations of Great Lakes species exposed to persistent toxic substances have been surveyed. Based on available evidence, SAB finds that embryonic deformities and mortality in gulls, terns and cormorants still occur in highly contaminated areas. The rates have declined compared with the rates in the 1970s, and are highest in the areas that are most contaminated with compounds with dioxin-like activity. The reestablishment of subpopulations of bald eagles on Great Lakes shorelines still contaminated with persistent toxic substances has resulted in increased reports of deformed eaglets.

Trends in Concentrations and Effects in Humans
The evidence from a limited number of epidemiological studies shows that the consumption of Great Lakes fish by humans has resulted in elevated levels of persistent toxic substances. SAB finds that there is no formal program under the Agreement to document trends in concentrations of persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes population.

Prenatal exposure of human infants to persistent toxic substances from maternal consumption of Great Lakes fish has resulted in effects on neurological development, though the scale of the occurrence and severity of this phenomenon within the Great Lakes population has not been documented. SAB finds that the Parties do not have a formal program to monitor the long-term trends in the incidence of teratogenic effects in human infants. SAB recommends the following.

The documentation of observed rates in the incidence of teratogenic effects on human health from exposures to persistent toxic substances may not be feasible in the immediate future. Thus, there is a need for an indicator of structural and functional teratogenesis in humans. PCBs are the major persistent toxic substances causing structural deformities in various species of fish-eating birds in the Great Lakes basin and suspected to be causing functional anomalies in neurological development in humans. SAB recommends the following.

1.2.2 Persistent Toxic Substances: Neurobehavioural Toxicology and Policy Implications


During the past 15 years, the scientific community has expressed a growing awareness and interest in the effects of persistent toxic substances on neurological structure and function of exposed Great Lakes organisms. In October 1995, IJC assigned a priority of addressing human and ecosystem health to SAB that comprised three elements:

SAB directed its Work Group on Ecosystem Health to undertake these assignments.

Within the past five years, several international conferences have been held addressing various aspects of the neurotoxicological effects of persistent toxic substances and particularly those that have disrupted endocrine systems in humans. In June 1993, a workshop was held at Berkeley, California on perinatal exposure to dioxin-like compounds (Golub and Jacobson, 1995). An extensive review of the functional aspects of polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, based on a workshop held May 1994 in Wageningen, Netherlands, and organized by the European Environmental Research Organization, has recently been published (Brouwer et al. 1995). Many of the leading researchers studying neurobehavioural toxicology convened at a workshop held November 5-10, 1995 in Erice, Sicily and reached a consensus that the dioxin-like compounds can and have affected the neurobehavioural development of human infants. They produced a consensus statement that detailed their concerns (Colborn et al. in press).

Epidemiological Evidence and Review of Neurobehavioural Effects

The first epidemiological evidence of neurobehavioural injury to infants from prenatal exposure to Great Lakes pollutants was reported in 1984 from a cohort established in 1980 in western Michigan (Fein et al. 1984). Infants of mothers who had eaten Lake Michigan fish prior to and during pregnancy had higher levels of PCBs in the cord blood, lower birth weight and a smaller head circumference than those infants whose mothers reported eating no fish. The exposed infants had a shorter gestational age and had poorer neuromuscular development. In subsequent testing at seven months, the more highly exposed infants exhibited poorer visual recognition memory and were smaller than the reference group (Jacobson et al. 1985). At four years, there was an inverse exposure dependent relationship with verbal and numerical memory and short-term memory processing ability (Jacobson et al. 1990). At 11 years, the strongest effects related to memory and attention. The most highly exposed children were three times as likely to have low IQ scores and twice as likely to be at least two years behind in reading comprehension (Jacobson and Jacobson, 1996a).

Another cohort, the Oswego cohort, was established in 1990 through 1994 in New York. The objective was to investigate the neurological effects of maternal consumption of Lake Ontario fish on offspring (Lonky et al. 1996). The more highly exposed group of infants showed the same psychomotor deficits at birth as those documented in the western Michigan cohort in the 1980s. An additional assessment showed the infants habituated poorly to an aversive stress.

In addition to these Great Lakes epidemiological studies of the neurobehavioural effects of PCBs, relevant studies have been undertaken in other parts of the world, including the North Carolina cohort in the United States (Rogan et al. 1986), the Yu-Cheng cohort in Taiwan (Lai et al. 1993) and a cohort of infants in the Netherlands (Huisman et al. 1995).

Since the original research was reported there has been lively discussion because of the social, economic and political implications of the findings. Schantz (1996), in her review of the evidence of teratogenic effects in humans, raised questions relating to research methodology and to differences in the effects observed between studies. Jacobson and Jacobson (1996b) responded to these methodological issues in relation to potential confounding factors, unmeasured control variables and selection of the participants in the cohort. In addition, they reviewed four possible factors involved in the reported variability of the effects between the various studies and commented on the similarity to the variability of the effects reported in studies of prenatal exposures to alcohol and lead on infant development. These four factors were: 1) the pattern and timing of the exposure; 2) the socioeconomic status of the cohort; 3) the reliability of the outcome measures assessed; and 4) the procedures followed in administration of the assessments.

The Health Conference '97 - Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River

Since the late 1980s, the Parties have spent more than $30 million for various investigations on the effects of pollutants on human health under the Agreement. In the United States, Congress amended the Great Lakes Critical Programs Act in 1990 and supported a program of health research on persons residing in the Great Lakes basin. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was designated as the responsible agency for overseeing the Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program. This program was designed to investigate and characterize the potential for short- and long-term health effects, particularly in susceptible populations, from exposures to Great Lakes contaminants. In 1989, as part of the Great Lakes Action Plan, Health Canada undertook a program to study the impact of the region's environment on the health of the human population in the Great Lakes basin. In 1993, Health Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services jointly implemented the St. Lawrence 2000 Action Plan as a federal-provincial research program with five years of funding. These agencies held a conference in Montreal, May 12-15, 1997, to enable the various scientists involved in the research to present their results. Research relevant to the interpretation of this information and the risk communication issues related to it also was presented.

SAB was one of several sponsors of the conference, thereby fulfilling its responsibility under the IJC priority, to convene an international scientific meeting. Its support was provided so that researchers who had relevant data on neurodevelopmental effects from outside the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River basin could present their information. A roundtable discussion on the Public Health Implications of Neurobehavioural Effects specifically addressed the current human research in this area. The panelists were Joseph Jacobson, Corine Koopman-Esseboom, Walter Rogan and Thomas Darvill. The discussants were Deborah Rice and Renate Kimbrough. The session was facilitated by Susan Schantz. The results of the studies on five human cohorts exposed to PCBs/dioxins in utero were briefly presented. Discussion of the limits of epidemiologic studies and the role of mercury as a possible confounder occurred. The majority opinion on the panel was that the weight of evidence supports PCBs (or more specifically a set of PCB congeners) as the agent responsible for neurodevelopmental effects (dioxin in the Dutch cohort) and that, taken together with the Michigan, North Carolina, Dutch, Yu-Cheng and Oswego cohorts provide a coherent epidemiological picture of neurodevelopmental effects related to PCBs/furans/dioxins. There is ongoing research with Inuit communities and with the Oswego cohort that will help determine which PCB congeners are involved in neurobehavioural effects and what role other persistent toxic substances may play in an additive or interactive fashion.

In other studies reported at the conference, one showed a dose-response correlation between Lac St-François and Lac St-Louis fish consumption and motor slowing and attention deficits in adult fish consumers (Mergler et al. 1997). However, another study's preliminary results indicate that fine motor slowing in older fish eaters in a Michigan cohort was not evident (Schantz et al. 1997). Preliminary research also was presented that shows consumption of contaminated fish may affect fertility. A negative effect on fertility on retrospective assessment was found in a Michigan cohort (Courval et al. 1997), but not in a New York cohort (Buck et al. 1997). Research on both cohorts is ongoing and these studies may provide very important information once the final results of the prospective assessments are in.

General Assessment

Earlier research found an increase in birth weight associated with PCBs related to fish consumption, but at exposure levels lower than the Jacobson cohort that found a negative effect (Dar et al. 1992). Another study failed to find evidence of fetal death related to PCB exposure through fish consumption (Mendola et al. 1995). The growing body of animal evidence, from both the laboratory and from wild populations in the field and from mechanistic research, indicates that dioxin-like compounds are definitely neurotoxic for mammals and birds. Developmental effects found in reptiles, amphibians and fish are consistent in implicating the same chemicals although the effects are not specifically neurotoxic. This work indicates that changes in thyroid hormones and neurotransmitters individually or together at critical periods of in utero development are involved in the observed neurological changes. These effects have been found in wildlife and experimental animals at levels of exposure that overlap the range of exposures and body burdens found in the North American human population (Brouwer et al. 1995; Henshel et al. 1997a,b, and in press; DeVito et al. 1995).

Human health effects, including a reduction in IQ for the children exposed in utero, are clearly evident in the Yu-Cheng cohort exposed to PCBs and associated polychlorinated dibenzofurans and quaterphenyls (Chen et al. 1992). A similar reduction has been found in the Michigan cohort for whom PCB exposure was much lower (Jacobson et al. 1996a). Neurodevelopmental effects have been reported in the Oswego cohort at even lower levels of exposure (Lonky et al. 1996; Darvill et al. 1997).

There is coherence of the epidemiological evidence among the various studies and a corroboration of that evidence with the findings in wildlife and laboratory experimental studies. This coherence and corroboration provide support for the conclusions of the researchers undertaking the studies of the Michigan and North Carolina cohorts and of the preliminary conclusions from the Oswego cohort, that PCBs/dioxins or a specific subset of congeners are the agents responsible for at least part of the observed difference in neurobehavioural outcomes for the infants exposed to these teratogenic agents in utero.

Despite the limits and weaknesses of individual pieces of research, the collective weight of evidence indicates that certain PCB/dioxin-like compounds found in fish in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River basin, and elsewhere, can cause and have caused neurobehavioural deficits of Great Lakes fish consumers. The evidence indicates that these compounds have produced some effects in the offspring highly exposed in utero. The importance of these effects at current levels of PCBs in fish, either to the individual or a population basis, is not known.

There may be a threshold at which these effects are not significant even as a population-wide effect. However, there is the possibility of widely based, though subtle effects, on fish consumers that would be very difficult to demonstrate conclusively by epidemiological methods. The weight of evidence indicates there also may be reproductive and immunological effects. Public health and other policy responses are therefore warranted. Similar conclusions were reached by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. As a consequence, this agency cooperated with U.S. EPA Region 5 in distributing 1.5 million fish-consumption advisories in Michigan.

The effects on individuals are likely to be in terms of subtle functional deficits, such as a decrease in IQ, and do not represent a severe public health danger even for high-risk populations in the Great Lakes basin. The public health case for action is based on the change in a measure of functional capacity, such as IQ, within the exposed population. In terms of a distribution curve, the proportions of the population that fall into the high and low ends of the curve could be significantly altered. Thus, in an exposed population, there could be a reduced number of potentially gifted individuals and an increased number of disabled individuals. The case for action also is based on the rights of individuals and communities to know the risks to which they are exposed. These risks are addressed in part through fish-consumption advisories.

The research at the Montreal Conference highlighted other relevant factors.

The research presented at the conference has provided much better estimates of the patterns of fish consumption in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River region and on the size of the population exposed. It is, however, not clear what the exposure threshold is for human-health effects related to PCBs/dioxins in the fish. It is also clear that mercury exposure for some communities is the more significant concern. A broad range of chemicals has been identified as potential endocrine disruptors but only lead, mercury, PCBs and dioxins have been shown epidemiologically to actually affect the neurobehavioural development of human infants.

The weight of evidence accumulated through the research efforts of the Parties and the public health interventions taking place through fish consumption advisories make it imperative to have a fuller exploration of the policy implications of the presence of these toxic substances in Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River basin fish.

Policy Goals

Issues in several areas need to be articulated into a series of practical options to address the following policy goals.

Policy Implications Workshop

The Work Group on Ecosystem Health hosted a workshop on Policy Implications of Evidence Regarding Toxic Substances and Human Health. The workshop was held at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin, September 5-7, 1997. The workshop comprised a select group of approximately 35 persons from diverse sectors of the Great Lakes community. The action-oriented discussion from the workshop will produce information to help IJC fulfill its Agreement obligations. The results from the Montreal conference were integrated and made accessible for the participants of this workshop to help ensure that all participants shared a common base of information about the scientific underpinnings of related policy issues. The policy implications workshop was therefore the link between scientific findings and the identification of policies and actions that are warranted.


1.3.1 Workshop on PCBs, the New Equilibrium?

A workshop entitled PCBs, the New Equilibrium? was held September 10, 1996 in Windsor, Ontario, under the auspices of the Work Group on Parties Implementation. Work Group members and 19 invitees gathered to hear a number of presentations and to discuss issues around the question of whether PCB concentrations in the Great Lakes are reaching a new equilibrium. Presenters were Ross Norstrom and Craig Hébert, Paul Mac Berthoeux, Stephen Carpenter, Daniel Smith, Craig Stow and Leland Jackson. John Giesy served as moderator.

The term "new equilibrium" as applied to the lack of change in concentration of PCBs in the Great Lakes was brought to light in 1993 by a discussion in the preamble to proposed U.S. EPA rules widely referred to as the Great Lakes Initiative (U.S. EPA 1993). That discussion centred on PCB and DDT concentration trends in lake trout and salmon that seem to indicate a slowing in the rate of decline. The discussion highlighted the policy implications by concluding that, " ... if a new equilibrium is being reached, given current mass loadings, then substantial further reductions in mass loadings to the lakes will be necessary to eliminate fish advisories." It is noteworthy that quite early in the workshop, objection was raised to the use of the term "equilibrium" in this context because of the theoretical thermodynamic connotations. There was consensus that a better term, such as "steady state" or "quasi-steady state," would be more appropriate, and these terms were used throughout the remainder of the workshop.

The impetus for the workshop came from a debate emerging in the literature over whether PCB concentrations in Great Lakes biota are indicating the establishment of a steady state with existing loadings. Dr. Stow was the main presenter in support of the position that a steady state is being approached. His focus was on sophisticated regression analysis of data from biota. Dr. Smith was the main presenter of an alternative view that available data from biota are not very useful for addressing the question, and that other data tend to refute the steady-state hypothesis. He supported his position using a combination of mathematical and mechanistic reasoning. Mr. Hébert made a presentation partially corroborating this position by presenting one possible foodchain mechanism in operation. Because many of the analyses presented at the workshop were based on herring gull egg data collected by the Canadian Wildlife Service, Dr. Norstrom described the nature of the data and the implications of trying to analyze them. As Dr. Stow's work is heavily rooted in statistical regression modeling, Dr. Berthoeux presented a primer on this topic with an emphasis on the challenges environmental data can present. Professor Carpenter and Dr. Jackson discussed aspects of monitoring and management of PCBs in the Great Lakes. A variety of reference materials were distributed to the attendees in advance of the workshop (Smith 1995a,b,c; Jeremiason et al. 1994; Stow 1995a,b; Stow et al. 1994, 1995).

Findings and Recommendation

There was clear consensus that when this issue is discussed in the future, the term "steady state" should be used to characterize the hypothesized phenomenon rather that the term "equilibrium."

While there was no consensus on the main question, there was general agreement by the participants that PCB levels will continue to decline. Dr. Smith suggested a reasonable estimate for biota in lakes Ontario and Superior over the next 10 years might be 5 percent average annual decline. Dr. Stow declined to make a quantitative estimate, preferring to characterize the likely declines in the near future as small or nearly zero.

There was also general agreement that even the most optimistic assumption of a constant percentage annual decline will mean lower and lower absolute declines every year. This will make the detection of those declines even more difficult.

Given the likelihood of ever-decreasing absolute declines in PCB concentration, the importance of continued and increased monitoring, not only of biota, but also of abiotic (i.e. air, water and sediment) components will grow. Current decreases in funding of such monitoring are opposite of what is needed if there is to be any hope of understanding how PCB concentration trends are proceeding.

Options for the abatement of PCB levels in biota on a basinwide scale are limited by the widespread and diffuse nature of the major sources (e.g. atmospheric input and sediment recycling). This does not mean that abatement is necessarily impractical in localized areas, such as Areas of Concern, or other areas where sources are well characterized and can be controlled.

Factors that cause perturbation of the foodchain (e.g. weather effects, population collapse, exotic species introductions, stocking programs) can cause fluctuations in biota PCB levels that are unrelated to system loadings and concentrations. Consequently, biota trends cannot be assumed to reflect trends in loading (see discussion in section 1.4.3).

Changes in analytical methodologies over the years can confound the ability to discern trends in PCBs in the environment. Some workshop participants suggested that researchers should analyze for trends, both with and without early portions of the data record to learn if this confounding is significant.

As the workshop produced no clear answer to the question of PCBs in the Great Lakes approaching steady state, no recommendations on such a finding are forthcoming. However, based on the conclusions from the workshop, SAB recommends the following.

Without such expanded monitoring, the scientific basis for policy decisions regarding persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes will continue to erode. The workshop made it clear, moreover, that monitoring of biota alone is insufficient to elucidate trends.

1.3.2 RAP Progress: Site Visits to Two Areas of Concern

The mandate of the Work Group on Parties Implementation is to assess the activities of the Parties in meeting their obligations under the Agreement. Fundamental among those obligations are the Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) for the Areas of Concern. In the past two years, there have been major reductions in government funding for RAP activities. The Work Group previously expressed concern regarding the potential for these cuts to reduce the effectiveness of RAPs, but also has sought to meet with selected RAP participants to learn firsthand about progress under RAPs and how budget reductions might affect that progress.

The first meeting was held in Detroit, Michigan, November 20, 1996. The Detroit River RAP, like other connecting channel RAPs, includes participation from both countries, and thus two frameworks for legislation, administration and infrastructure. The second meeting was held in Burlington, Ontario, May 27-28, 1997, to discuss the Hamilton Harbour RAP.

The objective of these meetings was to focus on the scientific issues associated with RAPs, particularly examining the research challenges related to contaminated sediments, airborne deposition and biological effects. Each meeting offered an opportunity to hear invited presentations by scientists currently working on RAP-related research, advisory committee members and other interested parties.

The Work Group heard a variety of evidence. The complexity of each RAP and the diversity of information available pointed to the need for a systematic basis of comparison. Without such a basis, the Work Group concluded that a direct comparison of any one RAP with another and with its own stated goals would be almost impossible. Conclusions from the presentations follow.

See Chapter 6 for additional discussion of the Detroit River and Hamilton Harbour RAP reviews.


SAB recommends the following.

The framework should include elements such as:

  1. clear goals and objectives;
  2. resource inputs (e.g. human and fiscal resources for administration, contractors, government and university/other research);
  3. number of peer-reviewed publications related to the program and its goals;
  4. number and type of activities (e.g. public outreach, industrial and municipal liaison);
  5. total and annual number of participants in program activities;
  6. nature and extent of volunteer participation;
  7. nature and number of stakeholders who consistently decline to participate and their expressed reasons;
  8. total and annual funding for monitoring and surveillance activities since program initiation;
  9. reactions in the community directly attributed to the program including, for example, measurable changes of knowledge, practice and skills; and
  10. changes in environmental condition (i.e. movement toward delisting goals) directly attributable to RAP activities.

This framework should be applied by IJC and its advisers when undertaking RAP site assessments and also would be beneficial as guidance during the development of the RAPs.

1.3.3 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference

The 1978 Agreement, as amended in 1987, marked a major shift in how both IJC and the Parties interpreted and responded to the terms of the Agreement. The most evident shift was in the manner in which planning, data acquisition, analysis and reporting took place to assess the state of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem and to evaluate the Parties' progress under the Agreement.

The most significant reporting initiative by the Parties since 1987 has been a biennial State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) with the most recent taking place in November 1996. Two objectives of the first conference, SOLEC '94, " ... were to promote better decision-making through improved availability of information, and to review current information and to find out where there were data gaps" (United States and Canada, 1995). The process adopted involved the preparation of topical background papers that became the focus for discussion at the conference itself. Six papers were prepared and distributed prior to the conference: aquatic health, human health and health risks, aquatic habitat and wetlands, toxic contaminants, nutrients and economy-environment linkages. A summary integration document also was prepared. The Parties selected a number of indicators to assess the health of and stresses on various components of the ecosystem. Of particular note is the continuing success the Parties have achieved in addressing the nutrient stresses in the lakes. The Parties highlighted the continuing loss of both the quantity and quality of habitat and wetlands.

While SOLEC '94 spanned both nearshore and open-lake issues, but was limited in its objectives, SOLEC '96 was more limited in geographic scope, but broader in its objectives. SOLEC '96 identified five objectives:

Five background discussion papers were prepared addressing nearshore waters, coastal wetlands, nearshore terrestrial (land by the lakes), land use, and information and information management. The Parties acknowledged that land use continues to be the major source of stress on the nearshore ecosystem. The prevailing pattern of development of urban sprawl consumes vast areas of land and destroys natural habitat and farmland.

While the two conferences provided forums for presentation of a range of technical papers and discussions related to the Great Lakes basin ecosystem, neither conference provided a comprehensive assessment of the state of the lakes. By scheduling the conferences between the issuance of IJC biennial reports under the Agreement, and by titling the conferences "State of the Lakes Ecosystem," it was assumed by some members of the Great Lakes community that SOLEC was intended to be a mechanism for Party reporting under the Agreement.

Prior to amending the Agreement in 1987, biennial reporting of the state of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem and progress under the Agreement was carried out mainly through a committee infrastructure under the Water Quality Board (WQB). The Great Lakes International Surveillance Plan provided the basis for responding to the requirements specified in Annex 11 of the Agreement. Surveillance and monitoring data and information collected by the Parties and jurisdictions, sometimes raw but most often already interpreted, were provided to IJC's Great Lakes Regional Office. Here they were assembled and draft state-of-the-lake reports prepared by WQB's Surveillance Work Group. Data provided included facilities' compliance records from municipal and industrial sources, nonpoint source pollution, airborne toxic substances, radioactivity and other monitoring data related to the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. WQB subsequently reported biennially to IJC on such areas as "Progress under the Agreement" and "State of the Lakes." The last such report to IJC took place in 1989 as responses to the 1987 amendments were evolving. While WQB's reports were brief summaries of the surveillance and monitoring data available to the Surveillance Work Group, a more comprehensive appendix was prepared to support the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the WQB's report.

In 1989, subsequent to the 1987 amendments to the Agreement, WQB's committee infrastructure was dissolved. The Parties committed to the biennial preparation of state-of-the-lakes reports and also the development of a binational surveillance and monitoring program for the Great Lakes. The 1987 amendments also added new annexes and revised existing ones. The new annexes focused on such areas as RAPs and LaMPs, pollution from nonpoint sources, contaminated sediment, airborne toxic substances, pollution from contaminated groundwater and research and development. Many annexes specified that the Parties would report to IJC biennially their progress in implementation.

While committed to reporting biennially on the state of the lakes, as well as on specific annexes, reporting by the Parties has remained sporadic and inconsistent. The last U.S. report to IJC, in September 1995, was not responsive to the reporting requirements addressing the state of the lakes. Canada also reported in 1995, submitting its "First Progress Report Under the 1994 Canada-Ontario Agreement respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem." Again, the report was essentially a program overview responsive to the Agreement targets and not an assessment of the state of the lakes. In each case, the reports were not coordinated binationally nor did they report on the requirements for a joint surveillance and monitoring program. WQB's 1989 report to IJC, supported by the Surveillance Work Group's 1987 Appendix B (GLWQB 1989a,b) still remains as the most recent and most comprehensive assessment of the status of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem and, therefore, progress under the Agreement.

Finally, the problem of assessing the status of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem and reporting on progress towards the goal of sustainability was considered by the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy in their report "Pathways to Sustainability: Assessing Our Progress" (Hodge et al. 1995). The National Roundtable noted three criteria for effective assessment and reporting on progress as:

It concluded that IJC was the only existing mechanism that has the potential of meeting these criteria.

SOLEC '98 will focus on the issue of indicators, providing an opportunity to build on the report, "Indicators to Evaluate Progress under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement," prepared by IJC's Indicators for Evaluation Task Force (IETF 1996). As noted in the report, "The development of indicators and evaluation of progress are dynamic, interactive and evolving processes that will require coöperation between the governments and the Commission. The Task Force hopes this report will provide the Commission with useful guidance to encourage governments and others to consider a set of desired outcomes and associated indicators, as well as the data and information necessary and sufficient to evaluate progress under the Agreement." SOLEC '98 would be an excellent opportunity for IJC to collaborate with the Parties in determining the process for measuring, reporting and evaluating Agreement progress and for ensuring that the data and information needs necessary for the success of the process are identified. IJC, however, must ensure that its role as an independent evaluator is not compromised as a result of this collaborative initiative.


SAB recommends the following.


1.4.1 Governance


By its very nature, Great Lakes basin governance is in a continuous state of evolution, adapting to the ever-changing socioeconomic, environmental and political priorities of policy makers and opinion leaders. Basin governance must overcome the incongruency between geo-political and hydrologic boundaries -- a formidable challenge in an expansive, binational setting where the magnitude and complexity of the physical ecosystem is rivalled by that of the institutional ecosystem. Multi-jurisdictional, basin-oriented institutions play a pivotal role in this process. They provide a forum within which stakeholders can coordinate their shared implementing roles and focus on a common set of problems and opportunities. They provide a framework for nurturing new ideas and governance innovations, while functioning as a buffer to temper the impact of individual and collective change among relevant political jurisdictions. Further, in often subtle ways, such institutions can have a substantive impact on the nature and direction of basin governance.

Great Lakes basin governance is in the midst of profound change, brought on by equally profound changes in jurisdiction philosophies and approaches toward environmental protection and resource management. As a preeminent binational institution operating under the authority of the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and the Agreement, IJC must demonstrate vision and leadership in this time of change. To succeed, the IJC must be open to change itself and to a fundamental rethinking of its mission and procedures and a willingness to adopt any resultant structural and operational innovations.

SAB, through its Work Group on Emerging Issues, emphasizes the importance and timeliness of an objective review and reassessment of IJC roles and procedures in the context of basin governance. SAB further recognizes that a window of opportunity has presented itself. An IJC strategic planning process is presently underway, affording an excellent opportunity for the governments, Commissioners, board members, staff and constituents to assess current efforts and prepare for the future. Further, following release of the next IJC biennial report, Article X of the Agreement calls on the Parties to "conduct a comprehensive review of the operation and effectiveness of this Agreement." And, finally, in April 1997, President Clinton and Prime Minister Chrétien requested that IJC "examine its important mission" and advise on how it "might best assist the parties to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century."

The following discussion presents an overview of the evolution of Great Lakes basin governance, the role of IJC, an acknowledgment of institutional analyses conducted in recent years and findings and recommendations SAB has endorsed.

The Evolution of Great Lakes Basin Governance

Great Lakes basin governance might best be characterized as a century old experiment in institutional design. Both individually and collectively, the myriad political jurisdictions in the binational basin are constantly reorienting themselves to reflect the ever changing socioeconomic, environmental and political priorities of their constituents. Multi-jurisdictional, basin-oriented institutions must adapt accordingly to ensure that progress in meeting established goals is maintained.

The present era of basin governance, with its roots in the early to mid-1980s, features the transition from a top-down, command and control, government-dominated approach to a bottom-up, partnership-based, inclusive approach. The evolution to this new era was not the product of a single, orderly, calculated strategy. It was the outcome of multiple -- and not necessarily mutually compatible -- developments. For example, the past decade has seen a pronounced change in both U.S. federal/state and Canadian federal/provincial relationships. Devolution of authority has placed additional management responsibilities on state and provincial governments that, in turn, have looked to local governments to share those responsibilities. At the federal level, the regulatory emphasis of past years is tempered by a growing emphasis on voluntary compliance and less-prescriptive means of achieving standards. Fiscal constraints, downsizing and the "reinvention" of government are commonplace. And, a rising ethic of self-determination, stewardship and collaboration at the local level has seen a growth in community empowerment and watershed-based institution building.

To some, transformation to this new era is regarded as a step backward: an era of declining budgets, a compromised regulatory framework, a research infrastructure at risk and government downsizing that does little more than pass the burden of stewardship from one level of government to the next. To others, the transformation is regarded as a step forward: management responsibilities are assumed by the level of government closest to the resource and the people; limited funds promote added efficiency; state, provincial and local governments are empowered; and an overly prescriptive regulatory framework is tempered by voluntary compliance.

While both perspectives offer legitimate arguments, ready agreement is reached on one point. All basin stakeholders, within government and out, need to develop and pursue creative approaches to basin governance that ensure efficiency and effectiveness in a time of change and uncertainty. Binational basin institutions have an obligation to meet this challenge, to shape an evolving governance regime in response to changes within individual political jurisdictions. To accommodate and influence change within the broader institutional ecosystem, basin institutions must be open to internal change as well. This is a critically important consideration for IJC, given its role in basin governance.

The International Joint Commission and its Role in Basin Governance

IJC is a permanent bilateral body created under the auspices of the Treaty to prevent disputes relating to boundary water usage and to settle questions arising along the "common frontier." IJC provides the framework for binational cooperation on questions relating to water and air pollution and the regulation of water levels and flows.

IJC's three principal functions are as follows.

IJC has specific Great Lakes responsibilities under the 1978 Agreement as amended. The Agreement calls on the two governments to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem."

The Agreement is a comprehensive bilateral arrangement that functions both as a framework for cooperation and an instrument for implementation. As a framework for cooperation, the Agreement explicitly affirms the intent of the Parties to restore and protect the world's largest freshwater resource. IJC plays a credible and important role among citizens, industry and the scientific research establishment in the basin in promoting binational cooperation. This role is not easily achieved by governments, and IJC has been highly effective in terms of contributing to progress under the Agreement by bringing together representatives from diverse Great Lakes community groups to cooperatively discuss and move forward on Agreement issues. Within its own advisory institutions, IJC facilitates a consensus-based binational process involving Commissioners, professional staff and eminent volunteers in their personal and professional capacities. The Agreement also functions as an instrument aimed at achieving four central tenets:

The Agreement's 25th anniversary in 1997 is indeed an appropriate occasion to celebrate remarkable and continuing success in many areas. The Agreement has institutionalized U.S. and Canadian relationships on environmental protection and resource management concerns, offering a degree of stability and familiar, trusted mechanisms for objective analysis and advice. The Agreement pioneered the notion of an "ecosystem approach" to management and, in so doing, helped promote interdisciplinary science and collegiality among the research, management and policy communities. And, more specifically, the Agreement is rightfully credited with significantly reducing problems of phosphorus and other conventional pollutants, highlighting concerns and promoting actions for control of toxic contaminants and encouraging "place-based," partnership-oriented initiatives through RAPs and LaMPs.

IJC, along with the Agreement and its institutions, have long been subject to the highest of expectations of basin stakeholders. As such, the aforementioned successes have been tempered by other examples where Agreement language and implementation activity has been the focus of some concern. Among others, concerns include an inadequate emphasis on evaluating progress, lack of accountability for the governments, inadequate resources for monitoring and data gathering, inadequate representation of American Indians/First Nations, the need for enhanced citizen participation and the absence of a strategic approach to ensure that the governments, along with Agreement institutions, meet Agreement goals in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Assessments of the overall performance of the Agreement and its institutions tend to be both subjective and varied. However, even those with divergent views agree, to safeguard past progress and ensure future relevance, the Agreement and its institutions must be flexible and open to change in this era of evolving basin governance.

Embracing the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century

Over the past two years, SAB has focussed on the issue of governance as an emerging issue. Prompted by the rapid and continuing transformation into a new era of basin governance, it focused on the challenge of ensuring continuing relevance and leadership of IJC, the Agreement and its institutions. One outgrowth of this focus was a recommendation that IJC initiate a strategic planning exercise to fundamentally evaluate -- and explicitly state -- its mission and goals and the necessary structure, procedures and actions to achieve them.

More recently, the issue of governance was raised in the form of a charge by the two federal governments. In reaffirming their commitment to IJC and "its important role in fostering cooperative action," the governments also acknowledged that "the environmental challenges faced collectively by our people have grown in size and complexity, requiring strengthened collaborative action." The governments then called upon IJC "to examine its important mission in the light of relevant agreements and references, and to provide the parties ... proposals on how the Commission might best assist the parties to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century within the framework of their treaty responsibilities."

In responding to this challenge and, more generally, to facilitate change where warranted, IJC can draw on a wealth of analyses conducted over the last decade. Among others, these include:

The extent to which these various analyses address the issue of basin governance varies from one to another, in terms of rigor, focus and comprehensiveness. Collectively, they represent a cogent analysis of the institutional opportunities and challenges facing the United States and Canada in the joint management and protection of the Great Lakes. Their analyses suggest that 25 years of binational experience is sufficient for undertaking institutional reform now to support continued progress under the Agreement into the next millennium.

Findings and Recommendations

SAB has addressed the issue of basin governance through a methodical review of the literature, a series of invited workshop presentations and continuing SAB dialogue. These exercises have yielded several statements of findings and recommendations that IJC is urged to implement in the interest of meeting the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

To ensure its continuing relevance and leadership in basin governance in an era of change and uncertainty, IJC must be open to change itself. A fundamental, introspective examination of its past and present mission, structure and processes, coupled with an assessment of future challenges, is advised. This examination is currently under way through the strategic-planning process and development of the response to the recent charge from governments. SAB recommends the following.

SAB is pleased IJC is acting on its earlier recommendation to initiate a strategic-planning process. SAB emphasized that such a process afforded IJC an opportunity for a thorough and fundamental review and evaluation of its mission, procedures and performance. A strategic plan also provides an opportunity to reaffirm or enhance organization relevance through fundamental change, if warranted. SAB recommends the following.

The process should not focus on procedural or operational "fine tuning," but on a fundamental review of the performance and future relevance of IJC, the Agreement and its institutions. One product must be a concise strategic plan presenting an organizational mission, goals, objectives and strategic actions.

Progress in meeting Agreement goals has been compromised by an inadequate emphasis on IJC's role in monitoring activities under the Agreement, evaluating the adequacy of the Parties' programs and holding the Parties accountable for progress. SAB recommends the following.

Following release of the IJC's next biennial report, Article X of the Agreement calls on the Parties to "conduct a comprehensive review of the operation and effectiveness of this Agreement." SAB recommends the following.

A decision as to whether the Agreement needs to be modified should not be predetermined, but should be an objective outcome of the review process. If modified, current Agreement language must be maintained or enhanced and additional emphasis placed on implementation.

IJC has experienced a steady decline in U.S. and Canadian federal appropriations in recent years. This erosion of financial resources compromises the organization's ability to meet its mandate under the Boundary Waters Treaty and the Agreement. Further, it prevents IJC from evaluating the Parties' programs that support the Agreement. SAB recommends the following.

Such an analysis could also quantify, to the extent possible, the economic and ecological consequences of program cutbacks due to budgetary constraints.

SAB recommends the following.

Sources might include foundation grants, government contracts for references and studies and an endowment or trust fund. Safeguards to ensure IJC's integrity and objectivity would be required.

In offering the above recommendations, SAB emphasizes that all can be pursued in the near term. It further urges IJC, in its strategic planning and related initiatives, to think openly and objectively about its current and prospective role in basin governance, and without constraints imposed by tradition. For example, should the Agreement be replaced with a broader Great Lakes Agreement that accommodates water quality and quantity considerations? Would a single IJC secretariat be advisable and strengthen IJC's binational character? Should provisions be made for IJC to accept public petitions for references, as is the case with the Commission on Environmental Cooperation? How might American Indian/First Nation constituencies be accommodated in institutional arrangements under the Agreement? These are but a few of the provocative questions raised in recent analyses that speak to the need for a fundamental review of IJC roles and responsibilities in the interest of meeting the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

1.4.2 Ecological Economics as an Emerging Issue

At its 16th meeting, the Work Group on Emerging Issues met with three experts in the field of ecological economics: Robert Costanza, Tony Friend and Ellie Perkins. Each is actively engaged in teaching, consulting and research in ecological economics and has published in economics literature.

In the view of some, neoclassical economics does not adequately deal with environmental issues. The Work Group on Emerging Issues has reviewed the emerging discipline of ecological economics. The following explains the discipline and suggests its relevance.

Ecological economics is based on the premise that the natural world, including local ecosystems, has a natural carrying capacity and finite resources and, in the long run, human activities must work within these constraints. Ecological economics involves evaluating the material economy in conventional terms, but also evaluating interactions with the ecosystem. Ecological economics incorporates neoclassical economics but holds that neoclassical economics is too limited. Ecological economics expands the analysis to incorporate the stocks and flows of natural resources and environmental pollutants and to model the interaction between the economy and the ecosystem. Some aspects of ecological economics involve systems modelling.

Neoclassical economics examines the satisfaction of human wants from a set of finite resources and seeks to achieve an efficient allocation of those resources to maximize consumer satisfaction. Ecological economics sets three additional goals: sustainable scale, fair distribution and efficient allocation. Sustainable scale means conducting economic activities on a scale that can be sustained eventually given the real limitations of natural resources and the ecosystem within which we live. Fair distribution deals with dividing the output of the economy and enjoyment of the natural environment, including consideration of which groups are adversely affected by resource consumption or pollutant discharge. Efficient allocation is the portion of the problem that is dealt with by neoclassical economics and refers to the use of available resources in a way that maximizes the consumer satisfaction that can be achieved from them or, to put it another way, minimizes the resources needed to achieve a given level of output.

In neoclassical economics, it is assumed that consumer satisfaction depends on the consumption of material goods and services. Ecological economics recognizes that individuals derive satisfaction out of doing useful work and out of living in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. While the latter elements are not inconsistent with neoclassical economics, they are generally not included in neoclassical models.

Neoclassical economics assumes that a set of factors -- land, labour, capital -- is used to produce output. Ecological economics recognizes these three and adds two more: natural capital and organizational capital. Natural capital includes the stock of natural resources both renewable and nonrenewable. For example, when a stand of timber is harvested, neoclassical economics recognizes the economic activity involved in cutting and processing that timber while ecological economics also recognizes that the wealth of society has been diminished by the reduction in the stock of standing timber. Similarly, when fossil fuels are burned, ecological economics recognizes a reduction in the world's stock of available energy resources and the increase in air pollution levels and associated damage. Organizational capital represents the collective ability to organize for productive purposes, whether through forming corporations, government structures, or social and cultural organizations. Ecological economics recognizes that when a society has developed organizational capital, it has made a valuable investment; and when technological or social change renders those organizational forms or cultural practices obsolete, the society may lose something valuable.

Ecological economics is viewed by some as a process, not just an analysis. Supporters of this view believe strongly in the participation of stakeholders in the process of defining values, structuring the model and evaluating the results.

While ecological economics is a multi-disciplinary, systems-model approach, many of the elements that it incorporates are not unfamiliar to the economics profession. Economists have been working for over two decades to develop an expanded system of national accounts that would measure not only traditional economic activities, but also the effects of these activities on stocks of natural resources and the quality of the environment. Much effort has gone into measuring costs of environmental pollution and changes to the natural environment.

Ecological economics has its problems and limitations. Obviously data needs are far greater than those of traditional economic models. While there is more than 200 years of experience in developing the data used in the system of national accounts that measure gross natural product, inflation and unemployment, much of the data that ought to be included in an ecological economic model is not routinely gathered. Some of the data are difficult even to define. The evaluation of environmental impacts has been the subject of much research, but it is still highly contentious. There is no reason to expect that agreement will be reached on how to value many of these variables much less on what the values will be in the immediate future. This lack of agreement places serious limits on the ability to fully implement ecological economic approaches in the near term.

Ecological economics can be applied on a global, national or local scale. It is perhaps most easily understood as a world-scale modeling exercise in which the relationship of all human economic activity can be related to the world stock of resources and environmental effects. However, it is equally appropriate to apply the same principles to very local issues, such as water pollution problems in a single harbour in the Great Lakes.

It would be useful to explore the application of ecological economic principles to some of the environmental problems faced by the Parties by sponsoring at least one pilot study using ecological economics. The study might deal with a single RAP, such as the Collingwood or the Hamilton Harbour RAP; it might address a single air pollutant, water pollutant or a family of pollutants. The choice of area and pollutant would depend in part on the availability of local ecological and economic data and models that could be developed for the study. The study would examine one or more policies for dealing with the specific environmental problem and evaluate the relative costs and benefits of those policies. The study could be conducted simultaneously with a conventional analysis so results could be compared.


SAB recommends the following.

A particular environmental problem in a relatively small watershed within the Great Lakes could be selected. The results would include an assessment of whether further studies of this type are of value.

1.4.3 Foodweb Dynamics in Aquatic Systems as an Emerging Issue

Reducing contaminant loadings to the Great Lakes is a major goal of the Agreement. Traditional approaches to issues of water quality and contaminant loading have generally assumed that changes (i.e. reductions) in contaminant loadings would be reflected by reductions in contaminant levels in fish. It is generally assumed that organic and inorganic contaminants that reach the Great Lakes are passed through the foodweb and are increasingly concentrated in higher trophic levels. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that these assumptions are often incorrect. Thus, the research issue of how contaminants bioaccumulate in foodchains has long been of interest.

Recent data analyses and models have highlighted some of the complexities involved in contaminant cycling that can lead to counterintuitive results. Changes in the structure of the foodweb (e.g. shift in size/age distribution of prey species) can have dramatic effects on contaminant concentration levels in the fish (Jackson 1996a,b). For example, changes in the foodweb can change: the relative contribution of different sources of contaminants (e.g. sediment resuspension, atmospheric) to higher trophic levels; the relative shunting of contaminants to pelagic and benthic communities; the types of organisms likely to bioaccumulate contaminants; trophic transfer rates; and the amount and kinetics of contaminants in the water column. Structural changes in the foodweb can be induced by a number of factors, such as changes in the weather, introduction of exotic species and/or manipulation of stocking levels of predatory fish. Organic and inorganic contaminants may also directly affect Great Lakes biota and foodweb structure through toxic effects on eggs and subtle effects on biological processes. There is also an increasing body of evidence suggesting the concentrations of contaminants in the water and biota and the rates of bioaccumulation are dependent on the lakes' trophic status (i.e. eutrophic to oligotrophic) and nutrient loading and that contaminant transfer rates are affected by the relationship between production at one trophic level and predatory demand at the next higher trophic level (Taylor et al. 1991, 1996; Almond et al. 1996). Predatory demand is affected by the invasion of exotic species and fisheries management policies that can alter foodwebs and trophic transfer directions and rates. For example, changes in stocking rates of salmonids, relative to prey availability, can cause significant increases in PCB levels in fish even at the same PCB loading rates (Jackson 1997). Likewise, the zebra mussel effects on phytoplankton levels and composition can cause changes in contaminant cycling and exposure levels to different parts of the foodweb. Therefore, the relationships among contaminant loadings, contaminant recycling, contaminant levels in fish and human-health risk are not clear.

The Great Lakes foodwebs and relative species composition have changed dramatically over the past decade. These changes are due to a combination of factors including invasions of exotic species, predator-prey imbalances and changes in habitat. Although the general character of these changes is known, there is little quantitative information on changes in abundances, predator-prey interactions or production levels in most trophic levels. Also, the effective nutrient reduction strategies in the Great Lakes will affect production levels and production dynamics at different trophic levels. Some of the top fish predators in the Great Lakes, such as lake trout and salmon, have shifted their diets in response to changing prey availabilities. What are the consequences of these diet shifts and changes in foodwebs and production dynamics to contaminant cycling and to contaminant levels in fish?

The Agreement mandate is to use an ecosystem approach to water quality issues. There is a clear interrelationship between fisheries management ("top-down" control), nutrient reduction strategies ("bottom-up" control), invasion of exotic species, contaminant cycling and habitat quality through the foodweb (Figure 1). The foodweb structure and trophic transfer rates and pathways have been modeled somewhat, but there is a clear lack of lakewide information on even the operation of the foodweb (i.e. what eats what, and when?), particularly for ecologically important species (e.g. deep water sculpin) that may not have direct economic value.

Figure 1 Ecological/Environmental Variability

It is critical to understand the interconnectedness of foodweb structure, nutrient loadings and contaminant cycling to better interpret changes in contaminant levels in fish relative to changes in source loadings. This understanding could result in more effective monitoring programs and promote better public awareness of the effectiveness and complexities of cleanup efforts, particularly if decreases in contaminant loadings correspond to increases in contaminant levels in fish caused by changing foodwebs. SAB recommends the following.

The recently completed report of IJC's Lake Erie Task Force (Dodge and Reutter, 1997) that included development of the Lake Erie Ecological Modeling Project (LEEMP) is a good example of the type of approach recommended. This Task Force led a collaborative process that included a Core Advisory Group of Lake Erie fishery and water quality managers that "provided ongoing advice, guidance and data to facilitate model development, as well as feedback on the scope and characteristics of the model." The model developed will be used by the binational Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Lake Erie LaMP Work Group. The value of the collaborative process was highlighted in the report: "The experience in developing a model in concert with an advisory group, the learning that occurred about the uses of the model and compromise in model resolution, and heuristics of model use were all positive, and the transfer to the LaMP has occurred through the involvement of LaMP participants in the LEEMP. The Task Force has created a much larger group or nucleus of people working together on ecosystem issues and have [sic] crossed boundaries -- agencies, offices, communities, disciplines, etc." See Chapter 5 for further discussion.

SAB recommends the following.

1.4.4 Public Survey Results

As scientific adviser to IJC and its WQB, SAB is charged with developing recommendations on matters of science pertaining to the identification, evaluation and resolution of current and anticipated problems. The Work Group on Emerging Issues invited the identification of emerging issues from the diverse public and scientific communities in the basin through a survey questionnaire published in the March/April 1997 edition of Focus, and also distributed to delegates attending the International Association for Great Lakes Research conference (IAGLR '97) in Buffalo, New York. Although the response was limited, a wide range of issues was submitted for consideration.

IAGLR '97 conference participants identified eight broad areas of interest:

The areas may be categorized as follows: ecological/biological, resource management, social/economic/cultural and physical process.

Thirty-one submissions (14 U.S. and 17 Canadian) were received in response to the questionnaire published in Focus. Respondents identified themselves as follows: civil engineer, hydrogeologist, biologist, toxicologist, ecologist, health liaison officer, mayor, economics adviser, policy analyst, writer, environmental activist, underwater archaeologist, amateur historian, computer data technician, software engineer, speech pathologist and educator.

In response to the question, "Which new issue, or understanding of an old issue is most likely to enable us to achieve [the] goals [of the Agreement]?" the following issues were identified:

Water Quality Issues

Water Quantity Issues

Other Issues

The issues were categorized by respondents as predominantly social, governance or institutional problems rather than resource management, physical processes or ecology. A slight majority thought their issue(s) could be addressed through the existing or a revised Agreement, while a substantial minority indicated that another initiative would be required. Education was identified by several respondents as a specific example of another initiative.

Almost half the respondents perceived measuring progress to resolve their identified issue in terms of policy analysis and program review and evaluation. An equally strongly held position would measure progress through environmental monitoring and assessment, though it was recognized that expanded efforts would be required. Suggestions included:

SAB finds that periodic surveys of this nature are helpful in identifying current and emerging issues for prospective consideration by IJC. All survey responses will be considered by SAB in developing its candidate priorities under IJC's priority planning process in the upcoming 1997-99 biennial period.


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Environmental Neurotoxicology
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Great Lakes Center for Environmental Research and Education
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