IJC Wants Public’s Thoughts, Concerns and Input on Great Lakes Water Quality at Six March Public Meetings


Canada and the United States released their progress report last fall on accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals, and the International Joint Commission released their draft assessment report on January 18. Before it finalizes that report, the IJC will hold six public meetings in Great Lakes communities throughout the month of March to hear residents’ reaction to both reports and how they feel the Great Lakes are faring. 

Each meeting will focus initially on Agreement topics relevant to its location through brief presentations by local experts, followed by an opportunity for discussion, questions and comments from meeting attendees. All comments about the reports and Great Lakes water quality are welcome at each meeting. 

"These meetings are a key part of the IJC’s assessment process", said United States Chair Lana Pollack. "We want to hear what people think about the government’s Progress Report and IJC’s draft assessment of progress and how they would like to see their governments address  the Great Lakes water quality issues that residents care about the most." 

"It’s also a key opportunity for interested members of the public and stakeholders to provide comments and make recommendations on the actions to be considered by governments for the Great Lakes in the next three-year or triennial cycle of Agreement work", said Canadian Commissioner Rick Morgan. "We look forward to your participation and your views."

Meetings will be held at the following locations: 

Thursday, March 2:

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Michigan Public Meeting
Delta Hotels by Marriott, 208 St. Mary’s River Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
6 pm 

Tuesday, March 21:   


Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario Roundtable and Public Meeting
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater, Detroit, MI
Roundtable discussion from 1 - 4 pm, public meeting at 6 pm 

Wednesday, March 22:

Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan Public Roundtable
Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre, 180 North College Avenue, Sarnia, ON
1:30 – 4:30 pm 

Thursday, March 23:

Toledo, Ohio Public Meeting
University of Toledo Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bay Shore Road, Oregon, OH
6 pm 

Tuesday, March 28:

Buffalo, New York Roundtable and Public Meeting
WNED-WBFO Studio, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY
Roundtable discussion from 1:30 – 4:30 pm, public meeting at 6 pm 

Wednesday, March 29:

St. Catharines, Ontario and Niagara Falls Public Roundtable
Alumni Hall, St. Catharines Rowing Club, Henley Island,
Henley Island Drive, St. Catharines, ON
1:30 – 4:30 pm 

Register to attend one or more of these sessions today at the links above, and look for further details in the March issue of Great Lakes Connection as well as on the IJC’s website, Participate IJC and the IJC’s social media outlets. 

The IJC was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters the two countries share. The IJC’s responsibilities include reporting on progress made under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the nations toward restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes and connecting waters.

For more information:

Sally Cole-Misch




Frank Bevacqua




Sarah Lobrichon