Pollution Probe Completes Study in the Lead up to the 50th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
April 15, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement — a binational framework to coordinate efforts to manage and protect the Great Lakes, initially signed by Canada and the U.S. in 1972. The Agreement has been updated and amended several times since then, most recently in 2012. Its purpose is to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Waters of the Great Lakes.”
The anniversary of the Agreement presents an important opportunity to take stock of its history, and to explore how it can be strengthened to address current and future challenges facing the lakes. Pollution Probe has been involved in advancing progress on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s objectives since the beginning and we remain committed to building on this legacy to improve water quality in the Great Lakes.
In honour of this occasion, Pollution Probe and its partners recently completed a comprehensive review of the current and previous versions of the Agreement for the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board 50th Anniversary Work Group. The review and accompanying report consider the context for how the Agreement is focused and organized, and examines whether there are opportunities for its implementation mechanisms or language to be strengthened to facilitate progress towards its overall goals. The report also outlines a set of key recommendations that can be accomplished within the existing Agreement.