According to a release from the groups, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) is a bi-national, non-binding framework to protect and restore the Great Lakes. In the letter, the groups provided a detailed discussion of citizen expectations and goals for the Agreement, and highlighted the importance of citizen participation as the negotiation draws to a close. Their elected representatives were urged to take an active role in ensuring that their governments have renegotiated a strong Agreement to protect the Great Lakes. The letter was sent on the heels of the announcement that the two countries are planning "to report to the public on the outcome of the negotiation sessions" including "a description of the conceptual consensus reached on what should be in an amended Agreement".
The groups indicated that the U.S. and Canada, as the public trustees and guardians of this system, share particular responsibility for protecting it from a growing number of environmental stresses that threaten its vitality and resilience. The groups warn that unless "bold action" is taken, the Great Lakes continue to be at risk of irreparable ecological damage and decline. The GLWQA was originally signed in 1972 under the auspices of the Boundary Waters Treaty between the two countries.
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