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Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs)

Lake Ontario
Stage 1: Problem Definition


In 1987, the governments of Canada and the United States made a commitment, as part of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), to develop a Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) for each of the five Great Lakes. According to the 1987 Agreement, "LaMPs shall embody a systematic and comprehensive ecosystem approach to restoring and protecting beneficial uses in ... open lake waters", including consultation with the public.

This Stage 1 LaMP (the "problem definition" document) for Lake Ontario has been developed by Region II of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Environment Canada (EC), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) (the Four Parties), in consultation with the public. Stages 2 through 4 of the Lake Ontario LaMP (the schedule for load reduction activities, selection of remedial measures, and results as documented by monitoring) will be developed, with public input, over the next several years. Although this document serves as the Stage 1 document, it includes information from Stages 2-4 where available (i.e., some remedial measures have been or are being implemented and monitoring programs have indicated improvements).

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