On December 13, 2005, the Great Lakes Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and the Premiers of Ontario and Québec signed the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement, and the Governors endorsed the companion Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The agreements detail how the States and Provinces will manage and protect the Basin and provide a framework for the laws that each State and Province have enacted for its protection.
The Governors and Premiers are working aggressively to put these agreements into action. In the United States, each of the eight State legislatures ratified the interstate Compact and Congress provided its consent. On December 8, 2008, the Compact became both State and federal law. Québec has enacted the Agreement and completed needed actions. Ontario has enacted the Agreement but further governmental action is required for the Agreement’s full entry into force. No federal legislation is required in Canada.
The following legislation has been enacted to implement the Agreement:
HB 416 (Passed House February 19, 2008; Passed Senate June 10, 2008)
HB1705 (Passed House January 28, 2008)
Approval--November 30, 2006
Bill 27 --An Act to affirm the collective nature of water resources and provide for increased water resource protection
Bill 27 English
Projet de loi 27 Français
Regulation respecting the framework for authorization of certain projects to transfer water out of the St. Lawrence River Basin
U.S. Congress--Signed by President Bush on October 3, 2008