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In 2013 the Great Lakes governors and the premier of Ontario called for a comprehensive approach to monitoring Great Lakes water resources. In response, a Great Lakes Commission-led taskgroup (building on thoughtful efforts of an advisory workgroup) proposed adoption of the Great Lakes Blue Accounting Process, a strategy that will enable the Great Lakes community to create a consensus-based set of desired goals for Great Lakes water resources management; identify a logical set of strategic actions and process metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of the actions; determine how much and what types of data and information are necessary to support the selected process metrics; and optimize investments in regional information infrastructure.