(June 17, 2019) The United States and Canada have made significant progress in restoring and protecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health since 2016. That progress is detailed in the second Progress Report of the Parties issued under the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The Progress Report of the Parties (the United States and Canada) is issued every three years to report achievements in restoring and protecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health.
The Parties, working in coordination and collaboration through the Great Lakes Executive Committee and their partners, have achieved numerous accomplishments in the last three years, including:
• Completed all remedial actions required to restore water quality and ecosystem health in five Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) and continuing progress in the remaining AOCs
• Implemented the Binational Phosphorus Reduction Strategy to address toxic and nuisance algae in Lake Erie
• Finalized binational Strategies for Hexabromocyclododecane (HCBD), Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and initiation of measures to reduce anthropogenic inputs of these designated Chemicals of Mutual Concern into the waters of the Great Lakes
• Restored and protected Great Lakes habitat and species on thousands of acres within the Great Lakes watershed
• Prevented significant discharges of polluting substances from vessels or shore side marine transportation-related facilities
• Significantly reduced the establishment rate of nonindigenous species in the Great Lakes, as well as the prevention of Bighead and Silver Carps from becoming established in the Great Lakes
Many of the United States accomplishments were supported through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
In 2012, Canada and the United States reaffirmed their joint commitment to protect the lakes through a renewed Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Since signing of the renewed agreement, the Governments of Canada and the United States have worked to implement its provisions in cooperation and consultation with
• State and provincial governments
• Tribal governments
• First nations
• Municipal governments
• Watershed management agencies
• Local public agencies
To read the full report: Progress Report of the Parties.
The report will be discussed at the 2019 Great Lakes Public Forum.