[Intro] The Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin is the largest international freshwater basin on earth (Waples et al., 2008) containing roughly 20 percent of the world’s freshwater supply. It is home to nearly 104 million people, including more than one-tenth of the population of the United States and one-quarter of the population of Canada. Collectively, the five lakes and their draining river systems span two nations, eight states, two provinces, more than forty First Nations, and hundreds of municipalities. This transboundary basin plays a major role in the economic development of the United States and Canada, and continues to provide water for domestic consumption, industry, transportation, power, recreation, and a host of other uses.

International Journal of Water Governance

Kathryn Bryk Friedman, & Debora L. VanNijnatten. (2016). Introduction to Special Issue: Assessing Adaptive Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes Basin. International Journal of Water Governance, 2016(4:1), 3–4.