This report summarizes the International Joint Commission’s findings and recommendations on the protection of the waters of the Great Lakes from potentially harmful consumptive uses and diversions. These findings and recommendations result from a consultants’ review of recommendations originally made in a report issued by the Commission in the year 2000, Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes. That report, and the consultants’ review, dealt with a 1999 reference from the Canadian and U.S. governments to examine matters that might affect levels and flows of Great Lakes waters, including consumptive uses and diversions and related laws and policies.

This report provides a brief historical review of work to-date, as well as current findings and recommendations.

Published By: International Joint Commission

Date: January 2016

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