On March 10, 2020, the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Collaborative submitted Action Plan 2020-2030 for the Future of the Saint Lawrence to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and to Quebec Minister of Environment Benoit Charette.
Following a nine-month engagement process, the Collaborative’s Expert Panel, supported by Issue Table members, stakeholders, and Indigenous advisors, have proposed recommendations to tackle four complex challenges facing the Saint Lawrence: climate change and flooding, toxics and other harmful pollutants, nutrients contributing to harmful algal blooms, and bacteriological contamination of beaches.
This is the second or three phases of the Collaborative, On June 18, 2019, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative released An Action Plan to Protect the Great Lakes. In April 2020, the Collaborative will release its final report, which integrates the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence recommendations and proposes a path forward for the protection of these great waterways.
12 critical actions…
The Collaborative has identified the need for Government of Canada, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec, to invest in and deliver on 12 critical actions to protect the Saint Lawrence and those who live in the region. Through the Action Plan 2020-2030 for the Future of the Saint Lawrence , investing in the protection and restoration of the Saint Lawrence will provide immediate and long-term benefits. The Collaborative recommends all governments and relevant partners commit to delivering on this innovative and bold action plan to protect the Saint Lawrence and those who live on its shores.