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GLIN==> New Report on Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution Released For Great Lakes Policymakers

Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution Report:  http://www.iaglr.org/scipolicy/nps/
This Press Release:  http://www.iaglr.org/hot/pr/021209_1.php
Great Lakes Science-Policy Initiative:
IAGLR Web Site:  http://www.iaglr.org

December 9, 2002

New Report on Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution Released For Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Urban nonpoint source pollution is a problem throughout
the entire Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. It is a major obstacle to the full
restoration of beneficial uses in urbanized portions of the Great Lakes
Basin and to the full realization of the economic and societal benefits of
the Great Lakes.

In response to this ubiquitous problem, a new report
(http://www.iaglr.org/scipolicy/nps/) has been prepared that summarizes the
current state of science and evaluates a case study of an environmental
controversy involving suburban development on the Oak Ridges Moraine, north
of Toronto, Ontario. The Oak Ridges Moraine case study illustrates some of
the obstacles to smart growth, and the role that science might play in
overcoming these obstacles.

The report, titled Linking Science and Policy for Urban Nonpoint Source
Pollution in the Great Lakes Basin, was released today by the International
Association for Great Lakes Research, under funding from The Joyce
Foundation. It is targeted at Great Lakes policymakers in an effort to
strengthen the science-policy linkage.

"Urban nonpoint source pollution, that is, contaminated runoff from roads,
parking lots, suburban lawns, and other sources, is one of the most
challenging environmental problems in the Great Lakes region," explains Dr.
Stephen Bocking, Professor of Environmental Policy at Trent University, and
author of the report. "As suburban areas continue to expand, we need to find
ways to minimize their impact on Great Lakes water quality."

The science of urban nonpoint source pollution is often uncoupled from land
use policy, notes Dr. John Hartig, Director of IAGLR's Great Lakes
Science-Policy Initiative. "This document calls for unique partnerships
between scientists and local agencies responsible for nonpoint source
pollution," he says. "These partnerships should explore in detail the
factors that affect adoption of sustainable urban development patterns."

Specifically, the report concludes that both political and technical
solutions will be required. Science can and must play a role in facilitating
both kinds of solutions. Effective solutions to urban nonpoint source
pollution will require improved coordination among all levels of government
and the scientific community, effective translation and dissemination of
science, provision of appropriate technical assistance, and adequate
communication of benefits.

"Good urban nonpoint source pollution science is needed to build a strong
consensus and mandate for sustainable land use practices," notes Dr. Hartig.
"In addition, effective translation of this science to policymakers and to
all citizens, especially to encourage better understanding of the benefits
of environmentally sustainable land use practices, will be necessary."


Since 1967, IAGLR has served as the focal point for compiling and
disseminating multidisciplinary knowledge on North America's Laurentian
Great Lakes and other large lakes of the world. IAGLR communicates this
knowledge through publication of the Journal of Great Lakes Research
(established in 1975), sponsorship of an annual conference on Great Lakes
research (begun in 1953), and development of a suite of science-policy
resources created through its Great Lakes Science-Policy Initiative, funded
by The Joyce Foundation.

The association's membership has grown from 225 scientists in 1968 to more
than 900 scientists, policymakers, engineers, resource managers and graduate
students from the United States, Canada and 20 other countries around the
world in 2002. In addition, IAGLR's membership includes more than 250
libraries throughout the world. IAGLR is a nonprofit organization supported
primarily by membership dues, private donations and income generated from
its annual conferences.

For more information on the content of this publication, please contact Dr.
Stephen Bocking, Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent
University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1520, sbocking@trentu.ca.

For more information on IAGLR's science-policy initiative, please contact
Dr. John Hartig, River Navigator for the Greater Detroit American Heritage
River Initiative, (313) 568-9594, jhartig@msodetroit.uscg.mil.

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