The Governments of Canada and the United States are pleased to release the 2019 State of the Great Lakes Highlights Report, which provides an overview of the status and trends of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Overall, Great Lakes water quality is assessed as “fair and unchanging.” While progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes has occurred, including the reduction of toxic chemicals, challenges cited in the report include invasive species and excess nutrients that contribute to toxic and nuisance algae.
The Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment promotes greater coordination among the state's water management agencies by establishing the MN Water Management Framework, which outlines the collaborative approach among agencies and clarifies the different management roles of the multiple state agencies.
The CTC source protection plan protects water for residents of Toronto, Credit Valley, and Central Lake, Ontario. The plan outlines enforcement policies and land-use specific requirements for source water protection.
The Minnesota Department of Health Source Water Protection webpage provides communities with resources to help protect source water. MDH provides pages with regulations, laws, source water assessments, geospatial data, and source water protection grants.
The Hamilton-Halton Source Region in Ontario contains communities that source water from Lake Ontario and underground aquifers. The source protection plan outlines policies and actions to protect the region's drinking water from potential contamination.
The Essex Source Region in Ontario contains communities that source water from Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, and Lake Erie. The source protection plan outlines policies and actions to protect the region's drinking water from potential contamination.
Ohio's Soil and Water Conservation page provides organizational information and links to specific programs.
The Illinois EPA wellhead protection page provides information on implementing a wellhead protection plan, and provides contact information for IL EPA wellhead protection professionals.
The Illinois EPA Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) protects drinking water for more than 11 million people. This resource outlines the purpose of Illinois SWAP, the types of water supplies to be assessed, and the expected results from SWAP.