Great Lakes Water Quality Board
3.0 Review of Minutes and Action Items of WQB 162nd Meeting
There was insufficient time to review the minutes of the 162nd meeting and Board Members and observers were requested to send Gannon comments and corrections within two weeks.
Action Item: Comments and correction on 162nd meeting minutes to Gannon by COB Wednesday, June 29, 2005.
4.0 Advice on Agreement Review
4.1 Watershed Approaches Workshop
Gannon provided a summary on the progress in completing the two documents on the Watershed Approaches Workshops, prepared on behalf of the Board: Watershed Approaches Workshop Summary by workshop facilitator, James McKenzie; and Survey of Watershed Planning in the Great Lakes by Dr. Kai Chen.
Action Item: Circulate two Watershed Approaches Workshop draft reports for WQB review and comment.
It was questioned whether the responsibilities under the Agreement encompassed the watershed issues. It was noted that the purpose of the Agreement (Article II) encompasses the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem, and RAPs and LaMPs embody an ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring beneficial uses. Watershed plans are establishing objectives for their own specific piece of geography that may have influence on protecting and restoring water quality downstream in the Great Lakes. On the other hand, LaMPs are setting objectives that watershed plans may need to follow to more explicitly protect and restore the Great Lakes.
A wide-ranging discussion on Great Lakes governance ensued. It was noted that the SAB has been working on land use issues for approximately 6 years. It is likely that the WQB will not have a definitive statement developed on this issue in time for the 2003-05 Priorities Report, but there is time to provide advice on the Agreement review. In fact, the two federal governments may have difficulty in dealing with the governance and watersheds issues and, therefore, this is a good role for the WQB.
There was some confusion and uncertainty concerning the WQB's obligations and deadlines for the 2003-05 Priorities report, the 2005-07 Work Plan, and advice on Agreement review.
Action Item: Develop WQB "road map" of activities showing interrelationship and targets, and timelines.
4.2 Documents Review – Ecosystem Approach Terminology
Dr. Chen has completed a draft of ecosystem approach terminology and its application to the Great Lakes.
Action Item: Circulate draft ecosystem approaches terminology document for documents review sub-group and WQB review and comment.
5.0 2003-2005 WQB Priorities Report and 2005-2007 Work Plan
5.1 2003-2005 WQB Priorities Report
Gannon informed the Board that a draft of the 2003-2005 priorities Report is due at the end of July for WQB review and comment. A revised draft needs to be submitted to the Commission by August 19th with publication slated for end of September/early October. A draft outline (Attachment 5) was circulated to stimulate discussion.
It was recognized that some of the items on the outline may carryover into the Board's 2005-07 work plan and, therefore, it was important to raise questions and make observations in this report; translation to policy advice may come later. It was recommended that Gannon annotate the outline and circulate to the Board with indication of which items in the outline are closure and continuation. Gannon was directed to focus on those items in the priorities report that represent closure (i.e., a summary/record of what the Board has accomplished during the past two years).
Action Item: Revise and annotate 2003-05 WQB Priorities Report outline for WQB review and comment.
8.0 Annex 2 Work Group
It was reported that three documents are being reviewed by the Annex 2 work group: RAP Consultation Report, LaMP public participation document and the Expert directory.
Action Item: Annex 2 Work Group to continue to work on Expert Directory and complete reviews of RAP consultations and LaMP public participation documents.