Adapted from the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study
NEGOTIATION -The process of seeking accommodation and agreement on measures and policies among two or more interests or agencies having initially conflicting positions by a "voluntary" or "non-legal" approach. This is often considered a part of an alternative dispute resolution process.
NET BASIN SUPPLY (NBS)- The net amount of water entering one of the Great Lakes, comprised as the precipitation onto the lake minus evaporation from the lake, plus groundwater and runoff from its local basin. The net basin supply does not include inflow from another Great Lake.
NO NET LOSS- A working principle by which a department or agency strives to balance unavoidable habitat losses with habitat replacement on a project-by-project basis so that further reductions to Canada's fisheries or U.S. wetland resources due to habitat loss or damage may be prevented.