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.