Media Release

Historic Watershed for Great Lakes Protection

Jul 29 2008

The 10 Great Lakes States and Provinces have reached a historic watershed in protecting the Great Lakes from large diversions and bulk water removals.  As of July 23, 2008, nine of the ten jurisdictions have passed legislation to implement the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement and in the States the companion Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Agreement. The Quebec Government has endorsed the Agreement and is expected to soon pass their implementing legislation Bill 92 recently introduced in the National Assembly. This week the final authorisation needed for the US Compact moves to Congress tomorrow, a necessary legality under United States Constitutional Law. On July 30, 2008, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up the Compact bill (HR 6577) at a hearing at 10:15 a.m.(schedule and video). The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the Compact joint resolution 45 at 1:00 p.m. President Bush has issued a statement supporting the Compact and urging "rapid approval" by Congress. The Canadian Environmental Law Association will continue their work with others to support and contribute to these important protections of our irreplaceable Great Lakes. For additional background, see also: Stopping the Leaks in the Great Lakes: A Watershed is Within Reach, Clearing the Way for Action on Sustainability of the Waters of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Ecosystem: Myths Vs.Possibilities, both of which are also included in larger on-line collection, linked below. ~30~For more information, please contact: Sarah MillerWater Policy Researcher416) 960-2284 ex 213sarah@cela.ca