by Mary Ellen Geist, Great Lakes Now

Several major organizations that help protect the Great Lakes saw long-time leaders leave their posts in 2017. New experts and lawmakers will take the reins in 2018 to help protect the five lakes in the coming years, and, by all accounts, they have a tough job ahead of them.

International Joint Commission (IJC) Chairman Lana Pollack, whose own future is uncertain  under the new Trump administration, is not taking any of these changes in Great Lakes leadership lightly. The IJC is an international organization originally created by the Boundary Waters Treaty, signed by Canada and the U.S. in 1909. In addition to resolving disputes between the two countries, the Commission rules upon projects affecting boundary and transboundary waters.

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