Reports and Videos from Previous Meetings


Under the new 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the International Joint Commission (IJC) is required to report every three years on progress toward meeting the Agreement’s objectives. The IJC held a series of online and in-person discussions and meetings to consider the public's views on its first draft assessment of progress and the governments of Canada and the United States' Progress Report.

Comments on both the IJC’s draft TAP report and the Governments' Progress Report were welcomed until April 15, 2017.

Below you will find the presentations made during the public meetings in:

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - March 2, 2017

Presentation: Mike Ripley, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority: Restoring the Little Rapids in the St. Marys River

Joanie McGuffin, Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy: Building a Water Trail for the Lake Superior-wide Community Presentation
Presentation: Catherine Taddo, City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Sanitary and Stormwater Infrastructure Overview




Detroit, MI - March 21, 2017

Dr. Joan Rose, Michigan State University: “Swimability” and Human Health on Great Lakes Beaches Presentation

Kyle Moxley, Henry Ford Health System & Emily Kutil, UD Mercy: “Drinkability” - Health Implications of Detroit Water Shut-offs
Presentation: Ali Shakoor, Wayne State University: "Fishability" in Southeastern Michigan Waters - Eat Safe Fish Presentation




Sarnia, ON - March 22, 2017

Presentation: Donna Strang, St. Clair Region Conservation Authority: St. Clair River Area of Concern

Presentation: Raj Bejankiwar, International Joint Commission: Chemicals of Mutual Concern and Human Health
Presentation: Kris Lee and Patty Troy, St. Clair River Binational Public Advisory Council Co-Chairs Presentation

Presentation: Emery Huszka and Don Ciparis, National Farmers Union: Sustainable Agriculture, Nutrients and Harmful Algal Blooms


Toledo, OH - March 23, 2017

Presentation: Dr. Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant at Ohio State University: Overview of latest science on Lake Erie HABs

Presentation: Gail Hesse, National Wildlife Federation - Implementation Planning for the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Presentation: Karl Gebhardt, Ohio EPA: Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan




Buffalo, MI - March 28, 2017

Presentation: Krystyn Tully, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper - Making the Great Lakes the Place to Be for Outdoor Recreation

Presentation: Dr. Diana Aga, University at Buffalo - Emerging Contaminants and Impacts on Fish and Wildlife
Presentation: Dr. Alicia Pérez-Fuentetaja, State University of New York - Wetland Habitat Restoration Needs for Niagara River

Presentation: Jajean Rose-Burney, Western New York Land Conservancy - Niagara River Corridor Ramsar Site

Presentation: Oluwole McFoy, Buffalo Sewer Authority - Multiple Approaches to Eliminated Contaminated Runoff

Presentation: Sean Burkholder, University at Buffalo - Alternative Futures for Restored Waterfronts

Presentation: Mark Shriver, Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable - Buffalo Blue, a Sustainable Business Perspective

Presentation: Jill Jedlicka, Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper - Community Collaboration for Restoration Action


St. Catharines, ON - March 29, 2017

Presentation: Patrick Robson, Niagara Area of Concern - Our Niagara River: A Healthier Niagara Rivern

Presentation: Bill Redelmeier, Southbrook Vineyards - Sustainable Vineyards
Presentation: Paul General, Six Nations Eco-Centre - Biodiversity in the Great Lakes: A First Nations View

Presentation: Dr. Mike Duncan, Niagara College - Towards Solving the Farm Runoff Problem


Under the new 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the International Joint Commission (IJC) is required to report every three years on progress toward meeting the Agreement’s objectives. The IJC held a series of online and in-person discussions and meetings to consider the public's views on its first draft assessment of progress and the governments of Canada and the United States' Progress Report.

Comments on both the IJC’s draft TAP report and the Governments' Progress Report were welcomed until April 15, 2017.

Below you will find the presentations made during the public meetings in:

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - March 2, 2017

Presentation: Mike Ripley, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority: Restoring the Little Rapids in the St. Marys River

Joanie McGuffin, Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy: Building a Water Trail for the Lake Superior-wide Community Presentation
Presentation: Catherine Taddo, City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Sanitary and Stormwater Infrastructure Overview




Detroit, MI - March 21, 2017

Dr. Joan Rose, Michigan State University: “Swimability” and Human Health on Great Lakes Beaches Presentation

Kyle Moxley, Henry Ford Health System & Emily Kutil, UD Mercy: “Drinkability” - Health Implications of Detroit Water Shut-offs
Presentation: Ali Shakoor, Wayne State University: "Fishability" in Southeastern Michigan Waters - Eat Safe Fish Presentation




Sarnia, ON - March 22, 2017

Presentation: Donna Strang, St. Clair Region Conservation Authority: St. Clair River Area of Concern

Presentation: Raj Bejankiwar, International Joint Commission: Chemicals of Mutual Concern and Human Health
Presentation: Kris Lee and Patty Troy, St. Clair River Binational Public Advisory Council Co-Chairs Presentation

Presentation: Emery Huszka and Don Ciparis, National Farmers Union: Sustainable Agriculture, Nutrients and Harmful Algal Blooms


Toledo, OH - March 23, 2017

Presentation: Dr. Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant at Ohio State University: Overview of latest science on Lake Erie HABs

Presentation: Gail Hesse, National Wildlife Federation - Implementation Planning for the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Presentation: Karl Gebhardt, Ohio EPA: Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan




Buffalo, MI - March 28, 2017

Presentation: Krystyn Tully, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper - Making the Great Lakes the Place to Be for Outdoor Recreation

Presentation: Dr. Diana Aga, University at Buffalo - Emerging Contaminants and Impacts on Fish and Wildlife
Presentation: Dr. Alicia Pérez-Fuentetaja, State University of New York - Wetland Habitat Restoration Needs for Niagara River

Presentation: Jajean Rose-Burney, Western New York Land Conservancy - Niagara River Corridor Ramsar Site

Presentation: Oluwole McFoy, Buffalo Sewer Authority - Multiple Approaches to Eliminated Contaminated Runoff

Presentation: Sean Burkholder, University at Buffalo - Alternative Futures for Restored Waterfronts

Presentation: Mark Shriver, Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable - Buffalo Blue, a Sustainable Business Perspective

Presentation: Jill Jedlicka, Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper - Community Collaboration for Restoration Action


St. Catharines, ON - March 29, 2017

Presentation: Patrick Robson, Niagara Area of Concern - Our Niagara River: A Healthier Niagara Rivern

Presentation: Bill Redelmeier, Southbrook Vineyards - Sustainable Vineyards
Presentation: Paul General, Six Nations Eco-Centre - Biodiversity in the Great Lakes: A First Nations View

Presentation: Dr. Mike Duncan, Niagara College - Towards Solving the Farm Runoff Problem