POLLUTION OF THE GREAT LAKES

POLLUTION OF THE GREAT LAKES

The International Joint Committee dealing with the investigation of the pollution of the waters of the Great Lakes system has adopted plans which indicate a very thorough treatment of the subject. The plans of procedure decided upon include securing opinions from leading sanitary engineers, hearings to enable all interested to present views and facts and remedies, the collection of all available data on water purification and sewage treatment and the formulation of advisable requirements for each locality according to local conditions. Speaking of the Commission and its plans the Cleveland “Plain Dealer” says:

“The opinions of the leading sanitary engineers of the world will be secured at a special meeting of the commission to be held in New York some time in May. After this the commission will travel over the Great Lakes region and hear what the various cities and other parties in interest may have to say. These hearings will commence some time in June. In the meantime the work specified under section three of the plan of proceedure will be under way. When all the material has been collected the commission will formulate its recommendations to the governments of the United States and Canada. It then will be up to those governments to decide what to do with the matter. The probable course ot action will be to either accept or reject the work of the commission, without attempting to amend it. If it is accepted the treaty between the two governments provides for the resubmission of the question to the joint commission under article four, and when thus submitted it gives the commission plenary power to carry it out. What the commission then says goes. There is no appeal.”

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