Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body
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 each State and Province to enact laws for its protection. The agreements include the following points:
The Governors and Premiers are aggressively putting these agreements into action. In the United States, the Compact became law on December 8, 2008, following approval by each of the eight State legislatures and Congress, and signature by the President. In order to put the Agreement into law in Ontario and Québec, the Provinces are amending their statutes and regulations as appropriate. It was approved by the Québec National Assembly on November 30, 2006, and by the Ontario Provincial Parliament on June 4, 2007. No Canadian federal legislation is required.
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact