Sovereignty & Cooperation
- Resources provided by the Great Lakes are shared between Canada and eight U.S. states (‘Our Great Lakes’, Micheal Keating).
- The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was first signed by Canada and the United States in 1972. This binational agreement serves to identify shared priorities between the two countries and coordinate actions that will protect the Great Lakes in a variety of ways (Environment Canada).
- The Niagara River Water Diversion Treaty signed in 1950 by the U.S. and Canada regulates the amount of water diverted from the Niagara River for the purpose of power generation (International Joint Commission).
- Many organizations and government authorities in Canada and the U.S. collaborate to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes (Invasive Species Centre).