Final Report Joint Commission
The Research and Engineering Committee was appointed to facilitate the drafting of a Tri-State Treaty to bring about the abatement of pollution of the harbor and coastal waters within the Metropolitan Area. To this end, the committee was given two main objectives:
1. To determine the Treaty Area, to recommend standards of purity for the interstate tidal waters and to recommend minimum degrees of treatment for sewage discharged into the waters of the Treaty Area.
2. To assemble and interpret all available data and statistics relating to the pollution of the inter-state tidal waters.
With the short tie and limited funds available elaborate and independent studies of the general problem of tidal water pollution were impossible. Such limitations, however, did not obstruct the work of the Committee since many thorough and excellent studies of the general problem have been made in the past years by various commissions and authorities and it remained only for the mass of existing information to be compiled, compared and thoroughly reviewed.