Great Lakes Water Management Initiative
Great Lakes Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative
Regional Water Conservation and Efficiency Objectives
Objectifs de conservation en francais
Transmittal Letter from Conservation Committee Co-Chairs to Regional Body
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement was signed by the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers on December 13, 2005. In the Agreement, the Governors and Premiers committed to develop regional water conservation and efficiency goals and objectives which would then be used to inform the development of State and Provincial water conservation and efficiency goals and objectives. These goals and objectives will later shape State and Provincial water conservation programs.
The objective of the Great Lakes Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative was to provide recommendations to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Regional Body regarding regional water conservation and efficiency goals and objectives. These recommendations were intended to provide context for further State and Provincial action that will be more specific in nature.
In drafting the proposed regional objectives, the Conservation
Committee sought the input of an Advisory Panel of regional stakeholders and consulted
with Great Lakes Tribes and First Nations. Public comment was invited from March 15-June 8, 2007 on draft regional water conservation and efficiency objectives (comments submitted are available from Council staff upon request). Revisions to the draft objectives were made following a review of the public comments.
On December 4, 2007, the Regional Body adopted regional water conservation and efficiency objectives. On December 8, 2008, the Compact Council similarly adopted the same regional water conservation and efficiency objectives. The Initiative will now assist the Great Lakes States and Provinces in working together as they develop more specific conservation and efficiency goals, objectives, and ultimately programs in their respective jurisdictions. The Initiative will also serve as a forum for the involvement of Tribes and First Nations, regional stakeholders and others.