TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. and Canada are preparing to approve an
updated version of a 40-year-old pact that commits both nations to
protecting the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was first signed in 1972 and amended
most recently in 1987. It identifies dozens of highly contaminated areas
needing cleanups and calls for reducing toxic pollution and levels of
nutrients that cause algae blooms.
Despite progress in those areas, officials and activists say the lakes face
new threats. The revised agreement will include sections on invasive species
such as Asian carp, restoring native species and habitat, and preparing
coastal communities for climate change.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson and Canada’s
environment minister, Peter Kent, are to sign the new deal Friday at the
Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C.