Regional Body

We recognize that the Basin’s waters are one of the most important natural resources in North America and that we must work together to protect them.

The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River Basin comprise the world’s largest source of surface fresh water. 

This water is one of North America’s most important natural resources.  It must be protected.

That is why the U.S. Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and the Canadian Premiers of Ontario and Québec have partnered together to ensure these waters thrive. 

Since 2005, the States, Ontario, and Québec, have worked together to enact laws that protect this water, and continue to coordinate their work through the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body.