GLRPPR Sector Resource: Human Health Indicators with Potential for Use as Progress Indicators on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: 2012-2015 Priority Series
Human Health Indicators with Potential for Use as Progress Indicators on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: 2012-2015 Priority Series
This report describes the identification and definition of recommended indicators that could be used by the governments and the IJC to assess and report on progress towards achieving the human health objectives of the Agreement. The report recommended five indicators: 1) the Chemical Integrity of Source Water; 2) the Biological Hazards of Source Water; 3) the Illness Risk at Great Lakes Beaches; 4) the Identified Risks at Great Lakes Beaches; and 5) the Contaminant Levels in Great Lakes Edible Fish Species. These indicators relate to the Agreement objectives that the waters of the Great Lakes should be a source of safe, high quality drinking water, allow for swimming and other recreational uses and allow for the human consumption of fish.
The report proposes definitions for each indicator, a statement on the purpose and importance of the indicator, a discussion of the indicator's relevance to the Agreement, proposed measures, and the utility and limitations of the indicators. A separate effort by the IJC and its Great Lakes advisory boards has yielded recommendations for ecosystem indicators which could be used to measure progress towards environmental objectives. Using both human and ecosystem indicators can yield a better understanding of conditions and trends, improve the interpretation of data provided by the governments, and foster development of more informed strategies to reduce adverse impacts from Great Lakes waters.
International Joint Commission Health Professionals Advisory Board
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