In agreeing to this Annex, the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers reaffirm
their commitment to the five broad principles set forth in the Great Lakes Charter, and further reaffirm that the
provisions of the Charter will continue in full force and effect.
and Premiers commit to further implementing the principles of the Charter by
developing an enhanced water management system that is simple, durable,
efficient, retains and respects authority within the Basin, and, most
importantly, protects, conserves, restores, and improves the Waters and
Water-Dependent Natural Resources of the Great Lakes Basin.
Provincial authorities should be permanent, enforceable, and consistent with
their respective applicable state, provincial, federal, and international laws
and treaties. To that end, and in order to adequately protect the water
resources of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes ecosystem, the Governors and
Premiers commit to develop and implement a new common, resource-based
conservation standard and apply it to new water withdrawal proposals from the
Waters of the Great Lakes Basin.
The standard will also address proposed
increases to existing water withdrawals and existing water withdrawal capacity
from the Waters of the Great Lakes Basin.
Annex 2001 Draft Implementing Agreement:
On July 19, 2004, the Council
of Great Lakes Governors announced a 90-day public review period for
documents created to update the way the Great Lakes and the waters of the Great
Lakes Basin are managed and protected.
The draft protective measures, referred
to as the draft Annex Implementing Agreements, are the result of
three years of efforts by the Governors’ and Premiers’ staffs to address Great
Lakes Basin protection issues ranging from water consumption to diversion.
Specific protective measures in the draft implementing agreements include:
commitment that conservation and information programs will be put in place and
maintained in all the Great Lakes States, Ontario and Quebec;
A commitment to
use a uniform, resource-based decision making standard in evaluating future
proposals for new or increased water uses;
A commitment to a collective
decision making process for future proposals for regionally significant new or
increased water uses; and
A requirement that all future new or increased
diversions and regionally significant water uses in the Great Lakes Basin
result in an improvement to the Basin’s ecosystem.
Water Management Working Group Meeting Summaries:
The Water Management Working Group of the Council of the Great Lakes Governors
is the brain behind the water management strategies of the Council. Click here to read
its meeting summaries.