International Joint Commission (IJC)
More than a century of cooperation protecting shared waters

Biennial Reports

16th Biennial ReportArticle VII of the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (Agreement) requires the International Joint Commission to report biennially to the federal, state and provincial governments concerning progress towards achieving Agreement objectives and the effectiveness of programs and other measures undertaken pursuant to it. Article VII also directs the Commission to provide advice and recommendations on any matter related to the quality of the boundary waters of the Great Lakes system.