Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Dear Great Lakes Stakeholder Community:
The U.S. and Canadian Federal governments, as the Parties to the Great Lakes
Quality Agreement (the Agreement), have begun the process of reviewing the
and effectiveness of the Agreement. This review (the Review) is required
X of the Agreement. As past reviews have shown, this exercise will be an
undertaking. In order to insure its success, the Review will require the
involvement of a variety of public and private sector Great Lakes Basin
from the U.S. and Canada.
The importance of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is widely
commits the two countries to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and
integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem and has been held
up as a
successful model of Canada-United States partnership, showing that bilateral
cooperation is strong, effective and productive. The Review of the Agreement
to insure that it continues to fulfill this role well into the future.
The Parties have also committed to an open, transparent and inclusive review
which allows for the involvement of all interested parties. To this end, the
Binational Executive Committee (BEC) agreed at its February 8-9, 2006
meeting that the
BEC Co-chairs would solicit both broad public stakeholder and government
interest in participating in the Review through membership on a number of
Working Groups (RWGs) which are described in the attachment.
The work of the RWGs will commence in late April 2006 and continue to the
Calendar Year 2006. Participation will require a commitment to review
aspects of the Agreement (as outlined in the attachment) and to attend
conference calls (i.e. monthly or bimonthly), as well as the potential of
attending a small
number of in-person meetings. We also ask that those wishing to be involved
some information on their background and level of expertise in the
relating to the Review Working Group in which they wish to participate.
Should you wish to be involved in the Review through participation in a
Working Group, please complete the attached membership form and return it to
either the Canadian or U.S. member of the Agreement Review Committee
Secretariat (as appropriate) by no later than March 31, 2006.