Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River

A Reference to study the pollution of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the international section of the St. Lawrence River

The IJC recommended urgent remedial actions and the commitment of the governments to water quality objectives and programs to achieve them. The IJC also recommended that it be authorized to monitor water quality and the effectiveness of pollution abatement programs; and that the reference be extended to an investigation of pollution in the remaining boundary waters in the Great Lakes watershed. The implementation of these recommendations resulted in the 1972 Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.