Saturday, September 22, 2012
Canada, U.S. Renew Pact To Protect Great Lakes
The United States and Canada have signed a renewed agreement to protect the Great Lakes. The new version of the pact, which was updated this month for the first time in 25 years, focuses on prevention and addresses new subjects, such as invasive species.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the goal of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters.” The agreement was first signed in 1972 and updated in 1987. The new agreement focuses on areas that were not subjects of the previous pact, including invasive species.
Fears over a mass invasion of Asian carp into the Great Lakes have sparked debate and litigation among Illinois and its neighboring states. Former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox unsuccessfully appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 to close Chicago’s navigational locks in an effort to stop the spread of the species. Those in favor of closing the locks say that the fish could do irreparable damage to lake ecosystems as well as the fishing and tourism industries. Opponents said that closing the locks would put an unnecessary burden on shipping and could cause flooding and sanitation concerns.
You can read Jamey's full report at: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/canada-and-us-renew-pact-to-protect.html
In the pic: The new U.S./Canadian Great Lakes agreement includes measures to help protect the lakes against invasion by Moby Carp.