Great Lakes action and management plans

Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), the governments of Canada and the United States agreed “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.” This is accomplished in part through binational Lakewide Action and Management Plans that are developed and implemented in cooperation and consultation with State and Provincial Governments, Tribal Governments, First Nations, Métis, Municipal Governments, watershed management agencies, other local public agencies, and the Public. In Canada, the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health supports the development and implementation of Lakewide Action and Management Plans.

What is a Lakewide Action and Management Plan?

A Lakewide Action and Management Plan is a plan for cooperatively restoring and protecting the ecosystem of a Great Lake. Lakewide Action and Management Plans are in place or being developed for:

Who Participates in Lakewide Action and Management Plans?

With the exception of Lake Michigan, each Lakewide Action and Management Plan is coordinated by a lake-specific Partnership led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Each Partnership facilitates information sharing, sets priorities, and assists in coordinating binational environmental protection and restoration activities. The Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan is a United States domestic initiative.

Lakewide Action and Management Plan Publications

Lakewide Action and Management Plan publications are available on

Related Links

  • - is a collaboration between the US Environmental Protection Agency and ECCC, to provide a single window for information on joint Great Lakes programs.
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