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Challenges Facing Great Lakes Water Quality
A joint United States-Canadian agency released a report Tuesday making more than 30 recommendations to improve water quality across the Great Lakes.

The International Joint Commission wants to see governments invest more money to improve drinking water and wastewater systems, as well as speed up work on problem areas. The report is the first assessment of water quality issues on the lakes since the U.S. and Canada updated the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 2012.

Several key recommendations of the report include setting standards and timelines to eliminate untreated sewage, reducing nutrient runoff from farms, and cutting back on man-made pollution from chemicals.



 
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