The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council) was established on December 8, 2008, when the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact became State and federal law. Each of the eight Great Lakes State legislatures ratified the Compact and Congress provided its consent for this historic accord.
The Compact details how the States will work together to manage and protect the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. It also provides a framework for each State to enact programs and laws protecting the Basin.
November 6, 2013
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council) will meet on Friday, December 6, 2013 in the King Arthur Court room of the Intercontinental Chicago at 505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The meeting will begin immediately following the adjournment of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body), expected at approximately 1:45 p.m. CST. This meeting will be open to the public and will include an opportunity for public comments. Meeting participation will also be open via conference call. An agenda, materials to be discussed and call-in information are available below. All materials posted to this website are subject to revision up to and through the meeting.
Call-in Number: 720-259-0759
Toll-free number: 888-387-8686
At the meeting, it is anticipated that the first Cumulative Impact Assessment performed by the Regional Body and Compact Council will be formally released. A copy of the Cumulative Impact Assessment that is anticipated for release, and a one-page overview, can be found on both below.
June 1, 2013
At today's meeting of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council, it was announced that a Staff Draft of the Cumulative Impact Assessment required to be completed by December 8, 2013 had been completed and released. The Staff Draft assessment provides an overview of the regional water budget for 2006-10. This assessment is being performed pursuant to Section 4.15 of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. A copy of the Staff Draft Cumulative Impact Assessment can be found here.
May 29, 2013
2011 water use data for the Great Lakes States and Provinces was released today in the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Report. The Report provides comparable water use information on withdrawals, diversions and consumptive uses, a requirement under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement. A copy of the report can be found here.
November 21, 2012
The 2012 State Water Conservation and Efficiency Program Annual Assessments are now available for review and can be found at http://www.glslcompactcouncil.org/Resolutions.aspx#ProgramReports. Please check back regularly as this site will be updated as additional reports are received.
September 12, 2012
The Council of State Governments has awarded one of its prestigious 2012 Innovation Awards for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, a creative interstate and international partnership to manage water resources in the Basin. Further information can be found in the Compact Council's Press Release, which can be found here.