June was an important month for the protection of water in the Midwest and the provinces near the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. At the 19th Annual Conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, several proposals were made and adopted in Action Plan 2030 to protect the Great Lakes.
Subsequently, from June 14 to June 16, the Conference of Governors and Premiers of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence (CGPMGLSL) was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Conference's purpose is to develop the regional economy valued at US $ 6 trillion annually and to protect the world's largest surface freshwater ecosystem.
On behalf of Québec Premier François Legault, Minister for Transport Chantal Rouleau reiterated Quebec's position relatively to the St. Lawrence River and on the Great Lakes. At the Summit, there was also the governors of Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Parks.
The conference aims to restore and protect the waters of the region by improving the water quality, reducing nutrients and harmful algal blooms. The Governors and Premiers also want to combat Asian carp and other invasive alien species that threaten our bodies of water.
Several issues were discussed during this summit, including:
• Regional economic growth;
• The competitiveness of the regional transport system;
• Modernization of the infrastructures of the regional maritime system;
• Protection of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin;
• The potential of the circular economy for the restoration of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin;
• New technologies for future generations.