Regulation

The Great Lakes, which straddle the U.S.-Canada border, are subject to multiple layers of regulation. Water use, shipping and other issues are handled by various local, state and federal bodies, as well as the International Joint Commission.

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Veronica Volk

On a tiny beach at Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo, N.Y., Nate Drag scans the sand and driftwood. He's part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and he helps organize beach clean ups.
 "The closer you look, you can start seeing the plastic popping out," he says.

Great Lakes Today

Capt. Larry Jones of the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association complains about access to the lake, at Tuesday's public meeting of the International Joint Commission. He was among the area residents to comment at the meeting, which was held at the WNED/WBFO studio in Buffalo, N.Y.

by Angelica A. Morrison / Great Lakes Today

The International Joint Commission, the bi-national group that helps to oversee the Great Lakes, held two public meetings in Buffalo on Tuesday – and more than 200 people showed up to share their concerns.


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