Water Management

Water Management

Overview

The region's Governors and Premiers are taking the lead in protecting the world's largest supply of surface fresh water--the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.  They recognize that:

In 2005, the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers signed the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement.  At the same time, the Governors endorsed the companion Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact which became law in 2008.  These accords, developed through the Council of Great Lakes Governors, detail how the States and Provinces will manage and protect the Basin and provide a framework for each State and Province to enact measures for its protection.  The Council of Great Lakes Governors serves as secretariat to the Regional Body and Compact Council which coordinate implementation and follow-through of these accords.  

Separately, the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers continues to foster improvements in regional water management: