When it comes to getting rid of algae, Canadian provinces will have to follow the State of Minnesota.
While Environment and Climate Change Canada staff say they'll have numbers from their research in 2020, members of the International Joint Commission say they don't have to wait for the results of current research, before making the decision.
Specifically, the board asked that the commission raise three specific requests to the Governments of Canada and the United States, which are:
- that the Governments of Canada, Ontario and Manitoba commit to an 18.4 percent reduction in phosphorus loads to Lake of the Woods as an interim measure at this time;
- that the Governments of Canada and the United States work together to establish a shared binational phosphorus substance objective and load reduction targets for this important shared binational waterbody; and
- that the Governments of Canada and the United States commit to regularly reviewing and revising this shared binational objective and targets as further science becomes available, with a first review as soon as possible after Environment and Climate Change Canada completes its current scientific assessment of Lake of the Woods in 2020.
In a letter addressed to both Canadian and American governments the International Joint Commission said, "The commission endorses these board recommendations and considers them to be extremely important to the overall goal of reducing phosphorus loading, and the associated harmful algal blooms, in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods basin."
Minnesota added Lake of the Woods to the list of impaired waterways in 2008.
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