International Joint Commission Sustainable Cities, Healthy Watersheds

Great Lakes "Test the Waters" Survey

Water, water everywhere, but how much can we drink? The role of the Great Lakes as the largest source of fresh, surface water in the world is in the news every day. And worries about global warming have only made the question of Great Lakes sustainability more urgent.

In the spirit of international cooperation between the citizens of Canada and the United States, the International Joint Commission of Canada and the United States will conduct a survey to gather public views around this international basin. The survey will "test the waters" regarding these views on:

  • How successful the current U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement has been in improving water quality in the lakes,
  • Whether there is a need for a new or amended agreement, and
  • Who should be responsible for further improvements to water quality.

The results of the survey will be released at Commission's "Sustainable Cities, Healthy Watersheds" 2007 Great Lakes Biennial Meeting and Conference. The two-day conference and public meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8, 2007 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The public is welcome to attend and participate.

The Commission hopes that the survey will be a fun, easy way for the Canadian and U.S. public to let decision-makers know how they feel about cleaning up the Great Lakes.

The survey can be completed here. It can also be downloaded, printed out, completed and mailed to the GLRO.

Paper surveys are available from (please specify language):

Bruce Brown
International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
100 Ouellette Ave., 8th Floor
Windsor, ON N9A 6T3
Phone: 519-257-6733
Fax: 519-257-6740
Bruce Brown
International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
PO Box 32869
Detroit, MI 48232
Phone: 313-226-2170, ext. 6733
Fax: 519-257-6740

For more about the IJC and the 13th Biennial Meeting in Chicago please read our Meeting Information.