Great Lakes: US and Canada's joint water agreement

Young woman at Niagara Falls

This Friday the United States and Canada will announce Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Pictured right: Niagara Falls, between the US and Canada, Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.  The whole system is part of the Great Lakes of North America.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent will sign an updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement on Friday, September 7th. Administrator Jackson and Minister Kent will hold a short press availability following the signing ceremony.

The agreement, last updated in 1987, aims to address health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model of binational cooperation to protect water quality. The two governments began negotiations in 2009 to strengthen the agreement.

WHO:         U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
                        Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent

WHAT:       Signing ceremony and press availability

WHEN:       2 p.m. EDT, Friday, September 7, 2012

WHERE:     Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001


Kathleen Hurley