||Congress has authorized the development of a comprehensive management plan for Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. The plan will evaluate environmental stresses and develop recommendations to restore and protect the two bodies of water. It is being developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Great Lakes Commission and a binational coalition of U.S. and Canadian agencies, citizens groups and other parties. To be finalized in 2003, the plan will integrate existing efforts into a cohesive, ecosystem-based framework.
Efforts also are underway to establish a binational management forum for Lake St. Clair to coordinate U.S. and Canadian activities and oversee implementation of the management plan. U.S. EPA, Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have formally incorporated the lake under the Four Agency Letter of Commitment, a 1998 agreement on roles and responsibilities for implementing remedial action plans for the three upper Great Lakes binational Areas of Concern (Detroit, St. Clair and St. Marys rivers). With support from U.S. EPA, the Great Lakes Commission is developing recommendations on how to best structure such a binational management forum.