Compact Council

The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River Basin comprise the world’s largest source of surface fresh water. 

This water is one of North America’s most important natural resources.  It must be protected.

That is why the Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, have partnered together to ensure these waters thrive. 

Since 2008, the States have worked together to enact laws that protect this water, and continue to coordinate their work through the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council.