Signing of Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 2012
For an estimated 42 million people, living, working and playing in the Great Lakes watershed is a shared privilege. As a result, protecting and managing the Great Lakes ecosystem is a shared responsibility. The primary policy for the United States and Canada to coordinate and promote clean water for the ecosystem is the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
On Sept. 7, 2012, the two countries will conclude their negotiations by signing a revised agreement — the first time in 25 years — that commits them to implementing Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts based on input from municipalities, First Nations, tribes, Métis, states, provinces, municipalities, businesses, and public interests.
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The Great Lakes Water Quality Protocol of 2012 will enter into force upon completion of all the respective domestic procedures of each Party required for entry into force.