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Title: Leading Great Lakes Advocate Responds to President?s Call to Approve Compact

Alliance for the Great Lakes
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Contact: Cameron Davis
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Leading Great Lakes Advocate Responds to President’s Call to Approve Compact

On the heels of a White House statement Monday night by President George W. Bush calling for Congress “to provide rapid approval of the Great Lakes Compact,” the oldest citizens’ Great Lakes organization will urge quick action in testimony at a Senate committee hearing on the pact Wednesday.

“This shows that the Great Lakes aren’t just important to us who have them in our back yard,” said Alliance for the Great Lakes President Cameron Davis, who is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday in Washington, D.C. “They’re important to officials all across the country – they see the Great Lakes as a national treasure that their constituents care about.”

“This is a historic moment for the Great Lakes,” added Davis, who also testifies on behalf of the Healing Our Waters®-Great Lakes Coalition representing more than 100 environmental groups around the region. “It’s one of only a handful of times the states have all come together over the past half century to create a binding blueprint for protecting the water as the lifeblood of the region.”

The states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have enacted the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, a regional water agreement to protect against wasteful water withdrawals in the Great Lakes -- home to nearly 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater. The bordering provinces of Ontario and Quebec have signed a companion agreement as part of a parallel process in Canada.

The compact was introduced in both the House and the Senate last week. For it to become law, Congress must now give its consent -- as it has done with more than 40 other water compacts from around the nation.

“I congratulate the governors and legislatures of the eight states that border the Great Lakes on their conclusion of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact,” read the president’s statement.

A copy of the Alliance’s testimony will be published at www.greatlakes.org on Wednesday morning. The White House statement is available now online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/07/20080728-11.html


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Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes (formerly the Lake Michigan Federation) is the oldest independent citizens' organization in North America. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. More about the Alliance for the Great Lakes is online at www.greatlakes.org


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Alliance for the Great Lakes
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