- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A U.S.-Canadian agency is recommending five ways to measure how well both nations are dealing with potential threats to human health from pollution in the Great Lakes.

The International Joint Commission submitted a report to the U.S. and Canadian governments Monday proposing indicators that should be monitored.

They include the chemical integrity of drinking water sources, biological hazards of source water, illness risk at Great Lakes beaches, other identified risks at beaches and contaminant levels in fish.

They’re part of a longer list of indicators the commission is developing to assess progress toward carrying out the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, under which the two nations have pledged to clean up and protect the lakes.

Earlier this year, the commission proposed ways to measure the lakes’ ecological health.

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