US, Canada update Great Lakes agreement for first time in 25 years

“Protecting cherished water bodies like the Great Lakes is not only about environmental conservation,” Jackson said. “It’s also about protecting the health of the families — and the economies — of the local communities that depend on those water bodies for so much, every day.”

Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent was also on hand for the ceremonial signing.

The agreement was first signed in 1972 with the intent to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters” of the Great Lakes region and the part of the St. Lawrence River that runs along the U.S.-Canada border.