Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Illinois ratifies Great Lakes Compact

Illinois has become the second Great Lakes state to ratify the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, an interstate agreement to protect and conserve the waters of the Great Lakes basin. Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the legislation into law on Friday, Aug. 17, joining Minnesota in approving the Compact. Other legislation is pending in Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. A companion agreement, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement, has been enacted by Ontario and approved by the Qu├ębec National Assembly. For more information, visit the Council of Great Lakes Governors web site at or the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body web site at

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