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International Joint Commission Meets With Huron County Conservation Groups

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

IJC says meetings held every 3 years to update Great Lakes protection document between Canada, U-S.

Issues affecting the Great Lakes ranging from invasive species to agricultural runoff were highlighted Wednesday, during a public form in Goderich hosted by the International Joint Commission.

The IJC is an independent group with representatives from both sides of the Canada-US border, which studies the Great Lakes and other waterways that flow through both countries.

The IJC's Canadian Co-Chair, Pierre Beland tells Country 104.9 News that the forum is one of many taking place in Canadian and American Great Lakes communities this year.

Beland adds that the forums gather information on identified problems affecting the Great Lakes and in many cases, what is being done to solve them at the local level.

He says it's important to get local input every three years, as the IJC updates the 1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement involving both countries.

The Goderich forum panel also included officials of the Maitland Valley and Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authorities, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation and the Ashfield-Colborne Lakefront Association.

Beland says local input will be included in a report, to be passed on to government officials in Ottawa and Washington, DC.

He stresses that the IJC is an independent body, which is not part of either government.

The IJC also held a public forum in Collingwood earlier on Wednesday.

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