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Lakewide Management Plans

Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), the governments of Canada and the United States agreed “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.” This is accomplished in part through binational Lakewide Management Plans that are developed and implemented in consultation with US state and Ontario provincial governments. In Canada, the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem supports the development and implementation of Lakewide Management Plans.

What is a Lakewide Management Plan?

A Lakewide Management Plan is an action plan for cooperatively restoring and protecting the ecosystem of a Great Lake. Lakewide Management Plans are in place for:

Lake Huron has a Binational Partnership that is modeled after the other lakewide management plans and has similar governance, goals and objectives.

Who Participates in Lakewide Management Plans?

With the exception of Lake Michigan, each Lakewide Management Plan and the Lake Huron Binational Partnership is coordinated by a committee with membership from both Canada and the United States, with participation from Environment Canada (EC) as well as other federal, provincial, state and local government agencies. The Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan is a US domestic initiative.

Lakewide Management Plan Publications

Lakewide Management Plan publications are available on EC’s Publications web site.

For More Information

Related Links

  • Binational.net - Binational.net is a collaboration between the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and EC, to provide a single window for information on joint Great Lakes programs.
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment - As part of its commitment to Great Lakes protection, the Ministry of the Environment is a partner in a series of binational Lakewide Management Plans (LaMP), for Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior, and is also a member of the Lake Huron Binational Partnership.
  • USEPA