The future of the Great Lakes region hinges on effectively leveraging and sustaining our primary asset – the world’s largest freshwater system. Hundreds of different entities – across eight states and two provinces – currently invest billions of dollars in restoring and maintaining the Great Lakes, but we don’t have a way to measure the effectiveness of these efforts to protect ecosystems, safeguard human health and bolster the economy.
In 2013, the Great Lakes governors and the premier of Ontario called for a smarter and more comprehensive approach to monitoring our Great Lakes water resources. Their resolution led to the creation of Blue Accounting, a new initiative and online platform that will provide cutting-edge information services about the Great Lakes never before available in one place. This data-driven program will help our leaders manage the world's largest freshwater ecosystem in a more collaborative, effective, and holistic manner.
Blue Accounting provides decision-makers with a big picture view of complex issues and relevant information so they can set priorities and allocate resources most efficiently.
Through collaboration, Blue Accounting helps the Great lakes community set shared goals, track progress and measure whether we are achieving our goals by transforming existing data into useful information.