September 7, 2012 news release, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canada’s Minister of the Environment Peter Kent have signed a newly amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in Washington, D.C. First signed in 1972 and last amended in 1987, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement is a model of bi-national cooperation to protect the world’s largest surface freshwater system and the health of the surrounding communities.
New provisions address aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation and the effects of climate change, and support continued work on existing threats to people’s health and the environment in the Great Lakes Basin such as harmful algae, toxic chemicals, and discharges from vessels.
The overall purpose of the Agreement is “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters” of the Great Lakes and the portion of the St. Lawrence River that includes the Canada-United States border.
The amended Agreement sets out a shared vision for a healthy and prosperous Great Lakes region, in which the waters of the Great Lakes enhance the livelihoods of present and future generations of Americans and Canadians.
For more information click here.
World Oceans Day 2012
World Oceans Day in America (2012)
Urgent Appeal to Save our Oceans
Five Water Related Events (June and July 2012)
Melting Arctic Ice is Releasing Massive Amounts of Methane
Marshall Islands World Ocean Day 2012
State of the Climate Global Analysis Nov 2011
Seven Ways to Save the Seas
Air and Water in the OECD Report
OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction
Water as a Weapon of War
New Tool Helps Companies with Water Risks
Protect the US Clean Water Act
Report on the UN's World Water Day Panel Discussion
World Oceans Day UN Panel Discussion
Alarming Facts About Water
Solutions to Diminishing Ground Water
Solutions to the World Water Crisis
Population Growth and Climate Change will Add to the World Water Crisis
Water Management Webcast: Cities and the Global Water Crisis
Siemens Water Tool on Facebook
Water School’s Ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro
Banana Peels and Water Purification
Sustainable Water Purification Technology Investing in Water
Celebrate World Water Day
UN World Water Day 2012
World Water Week 2011
World Water Week 2011: The Business of Water Management Requires Collaboration
World Oceans Day 2011 is Focused on Youth
WWF Celebrates Canada Water Week
GWC and World Water Day 2011
First International Water Hour
Blog Action Day 2010: Raising Awareness about Water