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What is a LaMP?
The historic water quality agreement committed both countries "to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem." To meet this commitment, the two governments agreed to develop and implement LaMPs for open lake waters and Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) for specific geographic Areas of Concern (AOCs). The LaMPs represent an ecosystem approach to protecting the Great Lakes.What are LaMPs used for?
LaMPs are intended to identify critical pollutants that affect beneficial uses of the lakes and to present strategies, recommendations and policy options to restore those beneficial uses. Each LaMP includes information about human health concerns, which has been used extensively in the construction of this website.
The LaMPs for lakes Erie, Michigan, Ontario and Superior have been developed with guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment Canada (EC). Through an iterative approach, these documents will be updated and re-released every two years to incorporate new data and public input. The next update to the LaMPs will be in the year 2002.
How do LaMPs affect human health in the Great Lakes?
"The World Health Organization defines human health as a "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Therefore, when assessing human health, all aspects of well-being need to be considered, including physical, social, emotional, spiritual and environmental impacts on health. Human health is influenced by a range of factors, such as the physical environment (including environmental contaminants), heredity, lifestyle (smoking, drinking, diet and exercise), occupation, the social and economic environment the person lives in, or combinations of these factors. Exposure to environmental contaminants is one among many factors that contribute to the state of our health."
The Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs)
Last modified: May 20, 2005