- Program Environment
- Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
- Grant Amount $150,000
- Grant Period January 1, 2002–June 30, 2005
- Location Arlington Heights, IL, United States
- Geographic Focus Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
About this grant
In response to concerns regarding the diversion of water from the Great Lakes basin, the Great Lakes governors and Canadian provincial premiers signed an annex to the Great Lakes Charter. Annex 2001 identifies the principles for a new management system that would allow a withdrawal or diversion that meets certain requirements: that it is still necessary after water conservation measures are implemented; that it avoids harm to the resource; and that it provides some improvement to the Great Lakes’ ecosystems. While the Annex itself is a significant achievement, a specific binding and agreement must now be developed and implemented.In order to include the public in the implementation process, two committees have been assembled: a working group made up of two members from each state/province; and an advisory committee of 24 organizations representing various interests in the region. Funding will support the cost of convening the stakeholder process.The council, founded in 1983, is a nonpartisan partnership of the governors of the eight Great Lakes states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Its mission is to encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic growth.