Water Management & Infrastructure
Sustainable use and management of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin water resources is central to protecting the region’s economic and environmental health. Aging and degraded water infrastructure (drinking, storm and wastewater) is increasingly threatening communities’ access to valuable freshwater resources, as well as posing a threat to both public health and the health of the Great Lakes. Water infrastructure challenges can be exacerbated by the effects of climate change, including more severe and frequent storm events that lead to flooding, sanitary and storm sewer overflows. Great Lakes Commission (GLC) projects support the implementation of regional water resource agreements as well as innovative approaches to maximizing investments in water conservation and green infrastructure. The GLC is also working to establish new partnerships, identify novel solutions to water infrastructure challenges, develop tools to support decision-making, and better manage data and information in these areas.