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E-M:/ RE: / Wisconsin ratifies Great Lakes compact

Enviro-Mich message from "Rita Jack" <rita.jack@sierraclub.org>

According to a note in the USGS report I just posted, (the full report
titled "Consumptive Water-Use Coefficients for the Great Lakes Basin and
Climatically Similar Areas" by Kimberly H. Shaffer and Donna L. Runkle, is
available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2007/5197) -- see Table 27 on page 45
note #3 -- EPA assessed an ethanol plant proposed in Indiana, and the water
consumptive use coefficient was 75, meaning that 75% of the water withdrawn
wouldn't be returned.  If I remember right, Liberty Renewable Fuels'
proposal was to use 630 million gallons of water per year, or 1.7 million
gallons of water per day.  1.7 million x .75 = 1.275 million gallons of
water gone every day.  ....Alex - please check my math! 

Even if we used the Minnesota existing ethanol plant coefficient of 56,
that's still 952,000 gallons gone every day.  

There's some really interesting stuff in this report.  It's a tough read,
but reading the fact sheet first helped a lot.  

Rita Jack
Clean Water Program Director
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
tel:  517-484-2372 x12
Know your watershed!
Make all Michigan's waters fishable and swimmable.

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Subject: E-M:/ Wisconsin ratifies Great Lakes compact

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Wisconsin ratifies the Great Lakes compact while Michigan 
Republicans and MUCC's Dennis Muchmore engage in 
appeasement of the Michigan Farm Bureau and 
Muchmore's wife's corporate client, being Nestle and 
the water bottlers (also the ones who attacked 
the Michigan Environmental Protection Act in the 
Michigan Supreme Court), and Dennis Muchmore's interests 
in letting ethanol plants take over a million gallons a 
day of Michigan public trust groundwater without 
requirements for permits or analysis.

MUCC's Muchmore is apparently ready to place the electric 
utility industry as well since his statement at a 2007 
public hearing on the Liberty Renewable Fuels public 
hearing (he's a corporate officer of that entity) was that
cooling tower evaporative water emissions should not be considered as 
an out of basin water transfer.


For Immediate Release
Contact: David Naftzger
May 27, 2008
Office: 312-407-0177 
Mobile: 847-863-1679
Momentum building as Wisconsin becomes fifth State to enact Compact
Madison, Wisconsin?Governor Jim Doyle, Council of Great Lakes Governors
Chair, today signed Wisconsin?s legislation ratifying an interstate compact
that will create unprecedented protections for the Great Lakes--St. Lawrence
River Basin.  
Governor Doyle?s signing illustrates the regional and bi-partisan consensus
that is growing in support of the compact.  Five of the eight Great Lakes
States have now completed enactment of the compact?s protections­Minnesota,
Illinois, Indiana, New York and Wisconsin.  Both legislative chambers in
Michigan have passed the compact although final approval is pending further
action on related State implementing legislation.  One legislative chamber
in Ohio and Pennsylvania has passed the compact, and further action is
anticipated in coming days and weeks in both States.  To become law, the
compact must be approved by each of the State legislatures and Congress must
give its consent.   
"This is an outstanding day for all of Wisconsin. From Lake Superior to the
St. Lawrence River, our region is uniting to protect our waters, and I am
pleased to lead our state in signing this compact into law," Governor Doyle
said. "Our Great Lakes waters in many ways define who we are.  And now the
Great Lakes Compact will ensure that we protect this tremendous resource
while responsibly using the water we need to prosper and grow."
In December 2005, following a nearly five-year negotiation, the Governors of
Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and
Pennsylvania reached agreement on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin
Water Resources Compact.  The compact provides a comprehensive management
framework for achieving sustainable water use and resource protection.  The
eight Great Lakes States reached a similar, good faith, agreement with
Ontario and Québec in 2005, which the Provinces are using to amend their
existing water programs for greater regional consistency. 
The interstate compact legislation signed today by Governor Doyle includes
the following points:
·                     Economic development will be fostered through the
sustainable use and responsible management of Basin waters.
·                     The States will ensure that authority over Great Lakes
water uses is retained in the region.  
·                     Regional goals and objectives for water conservation
and efficiency will be developed, and they will be reviewed every five
years.  Each State will develop and implement a  water conservation and
efficiency program.  
·                     The collection of technical data will be strengthened,
and the States will share comparable information, which will improve
decision-making by the governments.  
·                     There is a strong commitment to continued public
involvement in the implementation of the compact.
To date, more than 1200 State legislators have voted to approve the
Compact­about 95% of all legislators who have cast a vote on its
protections.  Additionally, it has attracted the support of key members of
Congress, Mayors and local government officials as well as more than 150
diverse groups of stakeholders who depend on the Great Lakes.
The five Great Lakes comprise the world?s largest surface freshwater system.
The Great Lakes generate $55 billion in tourism for the region and create
nearly $377 million in personal income from wages and salaries.  Wisconsin?s
harbors handle approximately 44 tons of cargo that support 11,000 jobs and
are worth more than $7 billion a year.  The partners to the compact have
worked to develop a program to carefully manage and protect the freshwaters
of the region.  The complete text of the compact and additional information
is available at <http://www.cglg.org/>www.cglg.org.  
# # #

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