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Indiana first to sign Great Lakes Compact

January 1, 2008
Indiana became the first state to adopt the updated Great Lakes Compact Thursday. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed SEA 45, which implements added protections on Great Lakes water through the multi-state agreement.

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact was first developed more than five years ago and ensures that authority over water uses from the Great Lakes stays in the region. It also provides that economic development will be fostered through sustainable use and management of the waters and that states involved in the compact will develop regional goals and objectives for water conservation and efficiency. The compact also continues the commitment to involve the public in implementation of its objectives.

Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are in the process of introducing and approving the compact with implementation language in their own state legislatures. Congress must also give its consent.
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