The Great Lakes Water Quality Centennial Study: What’s changed in 100 years?
Water@Wayne Webinar: The Great Lakes Water Quality Centennial Study: What’s changed in 100 years?
Thursday, October 29, 2020
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Water@Wayne Webinar Series presents: “The Great Lakes Water Quality Centennial Study: What’s changed in 100 years?" with Jennifer Boehme, Science Adviser, International Joint Commission and Ryan C. Graydon, ORISE Research Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Registration is required prior to the event.
The importance of clean Great Lakes water to human well-being has been a historic focus of the International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. In 1913, the IJC conducted a comprehensive, detailed monitoring study of the fecal-related pollution of the boundary waters of the Great Lakes, and the potential link between disease and sewage pollution. The 1913 study remains the largest fecal microbial water quality study in North America, and highlighted the public health risk of untreated sanitary sewer discharges to the Great Lakes, which were also used as drinking water sources.
The webinar will provide an overview of the IJC's responsibilities under the Boundary Waters Treaty and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and examine how strategies of the 1913 IJC study could provide a framework for future binational action under a modern Centennial Study.