Does the Wisconsin legislature - - forging ahead with a mining bill that will allow wetlands' filling and acidic mine runoff into the Lake Superior watershed - - know, or care, that US and Canadian officials just updated their international agreement that aims to reduce Great Lakes pollution and increase the water quality? From the US EPA:
On Sept. 7, 2012, Canada and the United States amended the Agreement. The updated Agreement facilitates United States and Canadian action on threats to Great Lakes water quality and includes measures to prevent ecological harm.
New provisions address the nearshore environment, aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and the effects of climate change. It also supports continued work on existing threats to people's health and the environment in the Great Lakes basin such as harmful algae, toxic chemicals, and discharges from vessels.Thanks to this fine posting by Gary Wilson at Great Lakes Echo for the reference.