Bringing together the combined insights of Great Lakes Public Forum participants, this site documents “15 Big Ideas” that emerged from Waterlution’s “Ideas to Networks to Actions” workshop.

Bringing together Great Lakes Public Forum participants, this site documents “15 Big Ideas” that emerged from Waterlution’s “Ideas to Networks to Outcomes” workshop.

In October of 2016, three special days were devoted to celebrating the Great Lakes at the Great Lakes Public Forum.

The Great Lakes Public Forum is a joint conference of the Canadian and United States federal governments, hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, with a special evening session put on by the International Joint Commission.

Every three years, the Great Lakes Public Forum brings together leaders, diverse stakeholder groups, and the public from Canada and the United States to discuss topics important to the restoration and protection of Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health. The event is an opportunity to share ideas and vision for the future health and prosperity of this important and unique region.

Days were devoted to:

  • The latest assessment of the state of Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health
  • Actions being taken to restore and protect the Great Lakes and meet the commitments of the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
  • Current and future priorities for science and action