U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman today released the following statement on the Great Lakes Public Forum in Toronto:
“The Great Lakes are an important, shared environmental and economic resource for the United States and Canada. The Great Lakes not only provide drinking water for 40 million people, but also serve a critical role in linking our economies, supporting tourism, shipping, and commercial and sports fishing. To ensure the protection and sustainable use of the Great Lakes, our two nations strengthened the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 2012.
“On October 6, I will be pleased to join Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at the Great Lakes Public Forum in Toronto. The Forum convenes federal, state, provincial, and municipal leaders from around the Great Lakes region to report on the progress our two nations have made under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
“The United States and Canada have made great strides in making the Great Lakes healthier. We are working closely together to do even more to prevent the threats of the future, while addressing environmental challenges, such as algae blooms and invasive species. Climate change threatens our Great Lakes, making them some of the fastest-warming lakes in the world. The U.S. and Canada, as global leaders, are committed to addressing the threat of climate change.
“While there is still much to do, I am proud that our efforts have led to better water quality. This is an important legacy for our children and grandchildren, and one to which we remain committed.”
U.S. Embassy Ottawa