Public Feedback on Procedures Update Team Drafts

On September 1 2017, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council) and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body) created a Procedures Update Team (Team).  The Team was charged with drafting updates to the Regional Body Interim Procedures and Compact Council Interim Guidance for the Regional Body and Compact Council’s consideration.  This task includes recommending changes to these documents and potentially drafting new rules for the Compact Council’s consideration.  Each member of the Regional Body and Compact Council appointed at least one individual to the joint Team.

The Team has been working to develop its recommendations, and earlier today transmitted to the Regional Body and Compact Council members initial versions of its draft recommendations. 

The draft documents include the following:

1. Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body Procedures.This document contains the procedures that the Regional Body will follow during the review of a diversion subject to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement through the issuance of its Declaration of Finding. This document mirrors the Compact Guidance for Parts I and II.
a. Draft Revised Regional Body Procedures May 22, 2018
b. Draft Revised Regional Body Procedures May 22, 2018 Redline (shows changes to Interim Procedures adopted on June 10, 2010)

2. Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Guidance and Rules of Practice and Procedure. This document mirrors the Regional Body Procedures through Parts I and II with respect to review of a diversion subject to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact., then continues on to describe the decision-making process and the process for any administrative hearing, how modifications may be made to Council decisions, and the process to be used for rule making.
a. Draft Revised Compact Council Guidance-Rules May 22, 2018
b. Draft Revised Compact Council Guidance-Rules May 22, 2018 Redline (shows changes to Interim Guidance adopted on June 10, 2010)

3. Sequence of Events for Consideration of Proposals for Exceptions to the Prohibition on Diversions that are Subject to Regional Review. This document outlines the steps for review and decision-making for a diversion proposal.
a. Draft Revised Exception Sequence of Events--May 22, 2018
b. Draft Revised Exception Sequence of Events--May 22, 2018 Redline (shows changes to Sequence of Events published on February 28, 2014)

 

The Procedures Update Team is also soliciting feedback from the public on these drafts through June 21, 2018. 

Please note that this is not the formal public comment period that is part of notice and comment rulemaking.  Instead, the Procedures Update Team will take into consideration all feedback so received as it develops its final recommendations to the Regional Body and Compact Council.  If the Compact Council decides to propose rules, public notice and an opportunity for the public to submit comments to the Compact Council will be provided before any rules are adopted. 

 

Feedback can be shared with the Procedures Update Team through the following means:

Postal Service
Procedures Update Team
c/o Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois, 60606

Email
feedback@gsgp.org

In addition, comments may be made verbally on June 21 beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. CDT through the following means:

In Person
Fitger’s Inn
Theater
600 East Superior Street
Duluth, MInnesota 55802

Via Webinar
Individuals wishing to speak must register.
Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5749033331717595905
Webinar ID: 867-268-467

Individuals wishing to just listen may call the following numbers:

Canada
1 (647) 497-9386

United States
1 (951) 384-3421

Access Code: 983-325-516

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