The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation convened a Water Summit on Sept. 25, 2019 dedicated to “Water Quality Concerns on the South Shore of Lake Superior.” Representatives from the International Joint Commission (IJC) gathered with local experts on the Northland College campus to discuss the water quality concerns of the south shore of Lake Superior and how these concerns relate to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
The IJC is a Canadian-United States treaty organization that seeks to prevent and resolve issues facing the two countries’ boundary waters. IJC commissioners were seeking the public’s views on the health of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes. During the day-long session, experts provided briefings for the commissioners on environmental conditions, storm-driven impacts to water quality, and future threats for water quality. The hearing was attend by more than 200 people, over half of them Northland College students.