April 24, 2003
IJC to host news conference
on progress to restore Great Lakes Areas of Concern
The International Joint Commission
Release of its
Special Report on the Status of Restoration Activities the Great Lakes Areas of
Telephone news conference
Commission's findings and recommendations
from its current review of restoration efforts in each of the 41 Great
Lakes Areas of Concern.
May 1, 2003 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. EDT
on the conference call please dial 1-888-265-0464 at 10:20 a.m., ten minutes
prior to the start of the news conference. Although not required, an R.S.V.P.
is appreciated to make sure phone lines are available.
Please call or e-mail Jennifer Day at 519-257-6733 or http://www.ijc.org/en/contacts/contacts.htm to
Because of the importance of the
, all six IJC Commissioners will be available to discuss the report's contents
and answer questions from the media. The full report, news release and matrix
of information on each Area of Concern will be available at 7 a.m. on May 1,
IJC is a binational Canada-United States organization established by the
Boundary Waters Treaty
of 1909 to help the two governments prevent and resolve
disputes over use of waters along the U.S. and Canada boundary. Under the 1978
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
, IJC assesses progress by the two counties
to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the
waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
Since 1987, 43 Areas of Concern were designated because they contained
contaminated sediment, inadequately treated wastewater, nonpoint source
pollution, inland contaminated sites or degraded habitat to a greater degree
than the rest of the Great Lakes.