Cities Initiative’s Ullrich Featured on Areas of Concern Panel

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Executive Director, Dave Ullrich, along with Wendy Carney of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chris McLaughlin of the Bay Area Restoration Council, and Jon Gee of Environment and Climate Change Canada were featured on a panel about the Great Lakes Areas of Concern on TVOntario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin at the Great Lakes Public Forum in Toronto, Ontario. With only seven out of 43 ares of concern removed after about 30 years, the panel discusses the progress and future of work related to Areas of Concern in the U.S. and Canada.

“The number one Area of Concern problem has been contaminated sediments from the very beginning” said Ullrich. “With industrial discharges over many, many years a lot of contaminants, particularly PBCs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, have wound up in those sediments.”

Ullrich also went on to tell the story and mission of the Cities Initiative, specifically how it was born out of a desire for cities to have a seat at the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence decision-making table. To watch the panel, see the video below. For more information on the panel, click here.