The Future of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

The Future of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

First signed in 1972, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States expresses the commitment of each country to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

The governments of the United States and Canada are required to review the operation and effectiveness of the Agreement every six years and determine whether it needs to be amended in any way. It is now time for the governments to launch that review.

The governments have asked the International Joint Commission to consult with citizens to find out how well they think the Agreement has worked so far and how they would like to see it changed.

What do you think?

The International Joint Commission will hold fourteen public meetings across the Great Lakes basin, conduct an online dialogue and accept written and oral submissions. For more information, call toll-free at (866) 813-0642 or visit

Can’t Attend?

Contribute online
Call toll-free (866) 813-0642
Fax (613) 993-5583
Write International Joint Commission

Great Lakes Regional Office
100 Ouellette Ave., 8th Floor or
P.O. Box 32869
Windsor, ON N9A 6T3
Detroit, MI 48232

The governments will receive your submission in full, in the format in which it was submitted (audio-visual or written).

Deadline for submissions: Midnight, November 30, 2005



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