The Lake Superior Binational Forum is a stakeholder's group of 24 volunteer members from Canada and the United States dedicated to protecting Lake Superior. We represent various sectors including small businesses, environmental organizations, industry, Native Americans, First Nations and academia. Our purpose is to provide input and analysis to the governments about critical issues relating to Lake Superior such as discharge of toxic substances, pollution prevention and restoration efforts. We are also responsible for developing creative new strategies for eliminating pollutants and contributing toward the foundation of a sustainable economy.
We are part of The Lake Superior Binational Program, which is a partnership of government, industry, universities native organizations, environmental groups and interested individuals from Canada and the United States dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Lake Superior Basin, including its water, air, land, wildlife and people. The Program achieves this objective through pollution prevention, regulatory measures and remedial programs. Its ultimate goal is to develop a comprehensive long-term management plan for the Lake Superior ecosystem.
The Lake Superior Binational Program consists of several main components:
Task Force - Make up of high-ranking government representatives who make policy decisions regarding Lake Superior, the Task Force serves as a steering committee for the Binational Program.
Superior Work Group - Comprised of technical experts from various agencies and organizations that manage Lake Superior's resources, the Work Group implements and monitors policies put in place by the Task Force.
Lake Superior Binational Forum - This group of volunteers representing a cross section of the general public makes recommendations to the governments and provides information and analysis.
Binational Forum Vision Statement
Endorsed by the Lake Superior Binational Forum on January 31, 1992 as an expression of the hearts and minds of all of us.
As citizens of Lake Superior, we believe...
that water is life and the quality of water determines the quality of life.
We seek a Lake Superior watershed...
that is a clean, safe environment where diverse life forms exist in harmony: where the environment can support and sustain economic development and where the citizens are committed to regional cooperation and a personal philosophy of stewardship;
that is free of toxic substances that threaten fish, wildlife and human health; where people can drink the water or eat the fish anywhere in the lake without restrictions:
where wild shorelines and islands are maintained and where development is well planned, visually pleasing, biologically sound, and conducted in an environmentally benign manner;
which recognizes that environmental integrity provides the foundation for a healthy economy and that the ingenuity which results from clean, innovative and preventive management and technology can provide for economic transformation of the region;
where citizens accept the personal responsibility and challenge of pollution prevention in their own lives and lifestyles and are committed to moving from a consumer society to a conserver society; and
where there is greater cooperation, leadership and responsibility among citizens of the basin for defining long term policies and procedures which will protect the quality and supply of water in Lake Superior for future generations.
We believe that by effecively addressing the issues of multiple resource management in Lake Superior, the world's largest lake can serve as a worldwide model for resource management.