The Ontario and federal governments say they hope to clean up four of the 15 most polluted sites on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes by 2010.
Under a proposed agreement between the two governments, details of which were published in the Canada Gazette on Saturday, Ontario and Ottawa say they intend to remediate Jackfish Bay and Nipigon Bay in Lake Superior, along with Wheatley Harbour on Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall -- sites that have been polluted by decades of abuses, such as the dumping of industrial waste, poorly treated municipal sewage, and agricultural run off.
If achieved, the cleanup would mark a major milestone in improving the water quality on the Great Lakes, the world's largest body of fresh water. The governments have been trying to restore to relatively good health pollution hot spots along the connecting rivers and shores of the lakes since identifying a list of 17 of the most contaminated areas the mid-1980s.
Good news? Yeah. A major milestone? Only if accomplished. At this stage it's just another in a line of news releases/agreements that reaches back 20 years.