Great Lakes Water Management Initiative
Great Lakes Water Use Information Initiative
Draft Water Use Information Reporting Protocols
In the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement (Agreement) and the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Compact), the Great Lakes States and Provinces committed to gather and share Water
use information. This information will assist the Great Lakes States and Provinces in beginning to improve scientific understanding of the Waters of the Basin, the impacts of Withdrawals from various locations and Water sources on the Basin Ecosystem,
understanding of the role of groundwater, and to clarify what groundwater forms part of
the Waters of the Basin. It will also provide the basis for adaptive management. These protocols, jointly drafted by the Great Lakes States and Provinces, are intended to provide guidance on how information reported to the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Water use database is reported in a common and consistent manner to ensure these ends
In Article 301 of the Agreement and Section 4.1 of the Compact, each Party has
committed to annually gather and share accurate and comparable information on all
Withdrawals in excess of 100,000 gallons per day (379,000 liters per day) or greater
average in any 30-day period (including Consumptive Uses) and all Diversions, including
Exceptions. A Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Water use database will be used for
sharing of aggregate information, which will also be available to the public consistent
with confidentiality requirements in Article 704 of the Agreement and Section 8.3 of the
Public Comment Period
The Council of Great Lakes Governors held a public comment period from March 25-April 27, 2009, on draft water use information reporting protocols for the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin.
En Français: Consultation publique sur la démarche de collecte et de transmission de données à la base de données sur l’utilisation de l’eau des Grands Lacs et du fleuve Saint-Laurent
The draft protocols were jointly drafted by staff from the Great Lakes States and Provinces in order to develop recommendations for how information will be reported to the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Water use database. They also include draft guidelines for water users to report water use information to the relevant State or Province. The draft protocols reflect input from Tribes and First Nations, and regional stakeholders.
After receiving a recommendation on draft protocols from State and Provincial staff, water use information protocols were adopted by the Regional Body and Compact Council on December 8, 2009.