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Protecting the Great Lakes: Next Steps Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact State Implementation Great Lakes Water Conference The University of Toledo College of Law Toledo, OH November 14, 2008 Presented by: Sara R. Gosman National Wildlife Federation

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Protecting the Great Lakes: Next Steps

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact

State Implementation

Great Lakes Water Conference

The University of Toledo College of Law

Toledo, OH November 14, 2008

Presented by:

Sara R. Gosman

National Wildlife Federation

Ann Arbor, Michigan


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Compact Ratification

  • Signed by the Governors

  • Ratified by Minnesota & Illinois

  • Ratified by Indiana, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan

    Approved by U.S. Congress, signed by President Bush

    Effective Date: December 8, 2008


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Significant Compact Elements

  • In-Basin Management

  • Diversion Prohibition with Limited Exceptions

  • Exemptions

  • Conservation & Efficiency Program

  • Science & Information

  • Public Participation & Enforcement


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Compact Requirements

Immediately, states must:

  • Review proposed exceptions for diversions

  • Create Council of Governors and begin organization

    Within one year, states must:

  • Submit report on programs and list of baseline volumes

    Within two years, states must:

  • Develop conservation and efficiency goals, implement a program, and promote conservation measures


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Compact Requirements

Within five years, states must:

  • Develop a water management program for new or increased in-Basin withdrawals and consumptive uses

  • Give states and provinces notice of consumptive use proposals of 5 mgd or greater

  • Maintain a water resources inventory

  • Create a registration program for persons who withdraw 100,000 gpd or more, or divert water of any amount

  • Collectively conduct an assessment of cumulative impacts of water uses


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Types of Implementation

Ratification Only

  • Minnesota, Illinois

    Expert Recommendations

  • New York, Ohio

    Skeletal Program

  • Indiana, Pennsylvania

    Comprehensive Program

  • Wisconsin, Michigan


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Indiana Programs

Water Management

  • Permit required for withdrawals of 5 mgd from Lake Michigan surface water; 100,000 gpd from specified salmonid streams; 1 mgd from other sources

  • Compact decisionmaking standard

    Conservation & Efficiency

  • Voluntary program, to be implemented by rule

  • Legislature must authorize any mandatory program


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Pennsylvania Programs

Water Management

  • Regulatory threshold is 100,000 gpd withdrawal; 5 mgd consumptive use

    Conservation & Efficiency

  • Voluntary program utilizing a water resources technical assistance center established in 2002

  • Legislature must authorize any mandatory program


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Wisconsin Programs

Water Management

  • General permit for 100,000 gpd to 1 mgd

  • Individual permit using state standard for 1 mgd or more with consumptive use of less than 5 mgd

  • Individual permit using Compact standard for more than 10 mgd with consumptive use of 5 mgd or more

  • Water supply planning process

    Conservation & Efficiency

  • Voluntary statewide program

  • Mandatory and voluntary measures for Basin waters that are necessary to implement regulatory scheme


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Common Provisions

  • Baseline volume for existing uses

  • Registration program

  • Scope of resources protected from impact under decisionmaking standard

  • Legislative authorization for change to decisionmaking standard

  • Private property rights/public trust

  • Bottled water treatment


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Next Steps?

Indiana

  • Stakeholder process expected to begin in January

    New York

  • Recommendations from Department of Environmental Conservation due January 1, 2009

  • Report from Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council due August 4, 2009

    Wisconsin

  • Department of Natural Resources will issue approval letters to existing users so they obtain permits

  • Rules expected to be rolled out over next 2 years


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