Through the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body, the Great Lakes Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and the Premiers of Ontario and Québec are taking the lead in protecting the world’s largest source of surface fresh water—the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. We recognize that the Basin’s waters are one of the most important natural resources in North America and that we must work together to protect them.

The Great Lakes Governors and Premiers created the Regional Body on December 13, 2005, by signing the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement. The Agreement details how the Great Lakes States, Ontario and Québec will manage and protect the Basin and provide a framework for each State and Province to enact laws for its protection. The Governors and Premiers are working aggressively to put the Agreement into action.

NEWS

December 28, 2018--

Comment and Response Document

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body) and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Council) held a public comment period from September 10 to October 10, 2018 on Compact Council’s proposal to adopt Rules of Practice and Procedure and to amend its Interim Guidance; and, the Regional Body’s proposal to amend its Interim Procedures guidance.  In addition, the Council and Regional Body under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Compact) and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement (Agreement), respectively, jointly proposed to amend their Sequence of Events guidance. These documents are referenced collectively as the Updated Procedures Documents. The Updated Procedures Documents were adopted by the Regional Body and Compact Council on December 6, 2018.

 

The Regional Body and Council received ~2517 written comments (email/mailed postcards, letters, written comments at hearing) from individuals and groups. Additionally, comments were received at a public hearing on October 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eight individuals provided oral testimony at the public hearing. A Comment and Response Document has been issued by the Regional Body and Compact Council. Comments received are grouped and summarized under topic headings. Responses are provided to the summarized comments.

 

 

December 6, 2018--

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body) met on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. CST at the Drake Hotel, Parkside Room, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois.  This meeting was open to the public and included an opportunity for public comments.  Meeting participation was also open via webinar.   An agenda, materials to be discussed and call-in information were available on this website.  All materials posted to this website were subject to revision up to and through the meeting.

 

Remote participation was available to individuals registering at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8712091827543517451

Listen only mode is available by calling:
Canada:  647/497-9368
United States:  213/929-4221
Passcode 186-363-309


December 6, 2018 Draft Meeting Agenda

Resolution #28--Fiscal Year 2020 Regional Body Budget

Resolution #29--Adoption of Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body Procedures

June 21, 2018 Meeting Summary (Draft)

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body Procedures (Adopted December 6, 2018)

Sequence of Events for Consideration of Proposals for Exceptions to the Prohibition of Diversions that are subject to Regional Review (Adopted December 6, 2018)

 

October 19, 2018--

Comments received during the public comment period are now available for download and review.

Common Email Set 1
Common Email Set 2
Unique Comments received
October 3, 2018 Indianapolis Indiana Hearing--Transcript

 

October 10, 2018--

The Public Comment period has closed on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council’s (Council) proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure; Council’s proposed Council Guidance; Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resource Regional Body's (Regional Body) proposed Regional Body Procedures; and, Council’s and Regional Body’s joint proposed Sequence of Events for Consideration of Proposals for Exceptions to the Prohibition on Diversions that are subject to Regional Review (Sequence of Events). Thank you to those who have submitted comments.

September 10, 2018--

NOTICE

The Full Notice, including Supplementary Information, can be downloaded here.
The documents subject to public comment, can be found here.

AGENCY:

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Council) and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body). 

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers serves as the Secretariat to the Council and Regional Body.

ACTION: 

Notice of: Council’s proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure; Council’s proposed Council Guidance; Regional Body’s proposed Regional Body Procedures; and, Council’s and Regional Body’s joint proposed Sequence of Events for Consideration of Proposals for Exceptions to the Prohibition on Diversions that are subject to Regional Review (Sequence of Events).

 

For those seeking historical information on the Waukesha Diversion Application, information can be found here.