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)

 

Feedback from the public was received through June 21, 2018

Below are all written comments received.

Email Comments received through June 21, 2018

Longer form comments received through June 21, 2018