DVIDS – News – U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards Reaffirm Great Lakes Environmental Response Partnership

The US and Canadian Coast Guards share a long history of collaboration on the Great Lakes. these
inland waters are vital to the economies of both countries, with an estimated 34 million people living in and around
the Great Lakes basin on both sides of the border. Keeping these waters clean and safe from pollution threats
is a top priority for both Coast Guards.

The CANUSLAK agreement is an operational annex plan to the Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Bilateral Agreement
Plan between the United States and Canada, established to ensure coordinated planning, preparedness and response
to any pollution incident in the shared waters of the Great Lakes and the waterways that connect them. It allows
the two Coast Guards to work together effectively to mitigate any potential impact of pollution on the environment.

The area of ​​responsibility under CANUSLAK extends along the Canada-US border, the St. Lawrence River.
Lawrence River to the western tip of Lake Superior – a distance of approximately 2,400 kilometres.

The CANUSLAK agreement is reviewed and updated (if necessary) every five years. The renewed signature of
the CANUSLAK agreement reaffirms the commitment of the two Coast Guards to ensure the security of shared waters and
healthy for citizens on both sides of the border.

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards work closely together on a wide range of Coast Guard services
across the Great Lakes, including environmental response, search and rescue, icebreaking, marine traffic
management and aids to navigation.

“The Great Lakes are a bi-national freshwater treasure of immeasurable importance to both countries, and our
Canadian Coast Guard partners, celebrating their 60th anniversary, are exceptional teammates in protecting this
amazing resource. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, this update
agreement formalizes and renews the strong cooperation that occurs on a regular basis between our
staffs. I am truly proud of the work our two organizations are doing to ensure a bright future for the environment.
the health of the Great Lakes, connecting waterways and tributaries,” Johnston said.

“Our close partnership with the United States Coast Guard Ninth District is essential to ensuring safety on the
Big lakes. Our interoperability during daily operations, incidents and planning demonstrates our
commitment to working together for the mutual success of our organizations. Today’s CANUSLAK signature reaffirms
this commitment and our continued collaboration on shared waterways,” said Meunier.

For questions regarding the Great Lakes Geographical Annex Agreement (CANUSLAK), please contact Mr. Jerry
Popiel at (216) 902-6112 or by email at [email protected]


Date taken: 14.03.2022
Date posted: 14.03.2022 11:18
Story ID: 416427
Location: MONTREAL, QC, CA

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