Public Comment Period Open: Draft 2023-2025 Great Lakes Binational Priorities for Science and Action

In accordance to Article 5, Section 2(c) of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Parties (U.S. and Canada):

…shall establish, in consultation with the Great Lakes Executive Committee, binational priorities for science and action to address current and future threats to the quality of the Water of the Great Lakes, not later than six months after each Great Lakes Public Forum. The priorities shall be established based on an evaluation of the state of the Great Lakes and input received during the Great Lakes Public Forum and recommendations of the [International Joint] Commission.”

The following draft priorities for science and action were developed for the purposes of discussion at the 2022 Great Lakes Public Forum. They are intended to guide and focus the key activities implemented by Canada and the U.S. from 2023 to 2025. Accomplishments and results related to these priorities would be reported on in the 2025 Progress Report of the Parties.

Canada and the U.S. are interested in hearing your thoughts on these draft priorities during the Forum, as well as during the written comment period following the Forum. Input received will further inform the development of these priorities, which will be finalized and posted on within six months following the Forum.

Priorities represent the key science and action required to advance the achievement of the General and Specific Objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in the context of each Annex of the Agreement. Priorities for 2023-2025 are not intended to capture all science and action that will be undertaken over this period.

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Kindly use the Contact Us page to direct your comments on the draft priorities by October 31, 2022.

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