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.


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December 6, 2013-The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body) met on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. CST in the King Arthur Court room of the Intercontinental Chicago at 505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.  This meeting was open to the public and included an opportunity for public comments.  Meeting participation was also open via conference call.  An agenda, materials discussed and call-in information can be found below. All materials posted to this website were subject to revision up to and through the meeting.

Call-in Number: 720-259-0759
Toll-free number: 888-387-8686
Passcode: 3704420

December 6, 2013 Agenda

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2013 Water Conservation and Efficiency Program Assessments

It is anticipated that the first Cumulative Impact Assessment performed by the Regional Body and Compact Council will be formally released.  A copy of the Cumulative Impact Assessment that is anticipated for release, and a one-page overview, can be found below. 

Draft Cumulative Impact Assessment (December 6, 2013)

Cumulative Impact Assessment One-Page Overview

 

May 29, 2013-2011 water use data for the Great Lakes States and Provinces was released today in the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Report.  The Report provides comparable water use information on withdrawals, diversions and consumptive uses, a requirement under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement. A copy of the report can be found here.

 

November 21, 2012--The 2012 State and Provincial Water Conservation and Efficiency Program Annual Assessments are now available for review and can be found at http://www.glslregionalbody.org/Resolutions.aspx#ProgramReports. Please check back regularly as this site will be updated as additional reports are received.

 

July 13, 2011--On July 8, the Québec Government led by Premier Jean Charest enacted historic regulations to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.  The recent adoption of the regulations represents a major milestone in Québec’s efforts to implement the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement (Agreement), which includes a ban on new or increased diversions of water from the Basin, with limited exceptions. 

Québec’s action follows the National Assembly’s approval of the Agreement and passage of Bill 27, and allows Québec to put the Agreement into force.  The Great Lakes States previously completed their required actions with enactment of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Compact.  Following Ontario’s enactment of regulations expected in coming months, the Agreement will become fully effective and the various dates and deadlines for its provisions will begin.

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