Reflect on Great Lakes Water Quality, Virtually: IJC Online Meetings, Survey to Gather Feedback

Rachel Wyatt
IJC
October 20, 2022
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Do you have feedback about efforts to improve the water quality of the Great Lakes? Are you interested in hearing from others in each basin? The IJC has many ways you can provide your input on the Canadian and United States governments’ 2022 Progress Report of the Parties (PROP). This fall, you can speak up about your lake at one of our fall virtual meetings and respond to our online survey.

Complete the Survey

The IJC’s survey invites your input on the governments' 2022 PROP and the water quality in each Great Lake. You can provide general comments or comments on specific government programs. Completing the survey should take 15 minutes; it’s online at ijc.org/en/survey-2022-prop. 

Fall Webinar Series

On Tuesday evenings starting in November, the IJC will host webinars to hear from those who live or have an interest in each lake basin and the St. Lawrence River. In these virtual meetings, a facilitator will guide participants through an interactive process to invite verbal and written input about their experiences with Great Lakes water quality.

Register for the event that corresponds with your area of interest:

Lake Superior and the St. Marys River: Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 7-8 p.m. ET (6-7 p.m. CT). Register at bit.ly/IJC-Lake-Superior. Check out this summary to learn more about government activities in Lake Superior described in the 2022 PROP report.

Lake Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 7-8 p.m. ET (6-7 p.m. CT). Register at bit.ly/IJC-Lake-Michigan. Check out this summary learn more about government activities in Lake Michigan.

Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinac: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET. Register at https://bit.ly/IJC-Lake-Huron. Check out this summary learn more about government activities in Lake Huron.

Lake Erie, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River: Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET. Register at bit.ly/IJC-Lake-Erie. Check out this summary learn more about government activities in Lake Erie.

Lake Ontario and the Niagara River: Tuesday, December 6, 2022. 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET. Register at bit.ly/IJC-Lake-Ontario. Check out this summary to learn more about government activities in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

St. Lawrence River: Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET. Register at bit.ly/IJC-St-Lawrence-River. Check out this summary to learn more about government activities in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. This webinar also will offer accommodations for French-speaking participants.

How your input is used:

Every three years, governments report on their activities and the status of Great Lakes water quality. Then the IJC authors a Triennial Assessment of Progress report, assessing progress made by the governments toward achieving objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The feedback provided to the IJC during this comment period, ongoing through December 23, will be considered by the IJC to inform its 2023 report.

In addition to the survey and webinar series, the IJC has several ways you can provide written comments. You can submit written comments (in English or French) through this online submission form or provide us with email or snail-mail comments. All the details are on ijc.org.

Rachel Wyatt
IJC

Rachel Wyatt is the communications officer at the IJC’s Great Lakes Regional Office.