For Immediate Release Contact: David Naftzger
May 27, 2008 Office: 312-407-0177
DOYLE SIGNS HISTORIC
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
"This is an
outstanding day for all of
pleased to lead our state
in signing this compact into law," Governor Doyle said. "Our
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
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
· 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 Compact—about 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
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