Good comments from the binational ENGO community, but unfortunately probably futile. The whole trend now is to make bi- and multi-national agreements pleasant-sounding and meaningless. There is no indication in recent years that either country has any interest in making the GLWQA the driver of either restoration or protection or adaptation to climate change. Instead, the thrust seems to be "declaring victory [on the RAPs] and going home." So the IJC and its apparatus becomes generally irrelevant for those who care about the Great Lakes environment, and most of us will have to work for improvements within our own national contexts, and try to coordinate our efforts on our own. Not a very happy conclusion, but I think a realistic one. --Barry Boyer
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