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Great Lakes Perspective Samuel W. Speck Chair, Water Management Working Group Council of Great Lakes Governors Chair, Great Lakes Commission Director, Ohio Dept of Natural Resources Waves of Change: Examining the Role of States in Emerging Ocean Policy NGA Conference September 4, 2003

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Great Lakes Perspective

Samuel W. Speck

Chair, Water Management Working Group Council of Great Lakes Governors

Chair, Great Lakes Commission

Director, Ohio Dept of Natural Resources

Waves of Change: Examining the Role of States in Emerging Ocean Policy

NGA Conference

September 4, 2003

great lakes
Great Lakes
  • Largest system of fresh water on the earth
  • 20% of world’s supply of fresh surface water; 90% of United States’ supply
  • 6 quadrillion gallons of water over 94,000 square miles of lake surface
  • Basis for multi-billion dollar industries in every state and province
  • Intensive, multiple use under a complex multi-jurisdictional management structure
  • 895 billion gallons withdrawn/used in-stream daily; (59 billion excluding hydroelectric); 2.64 billion consumed
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Binational agency representing Great Lakes states and provinces
  • Formed mid 1950s via state law and 1968 via federal consent as an interstate compact
  • Provincial associate membership began in 1999
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Great Lakes Commission

  • Promotes the informed use, management and protection of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes Basin and St. Lawrence River
  • Addresses resource management, environmental protection, transportation and sustainable economic development issues
  • Functions are information sharing, policy research and development, and advocacy
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Non-partisan partnership of

eight Great Lakes Governors

  • Formed in 1983
  • Premiers of Ontario and Quebec

are associate members

  • Mission is to encourage and facilitate

environmentally responsible economic growth

great lakes charter
Great Lakes Charter
  • 1985 Good-faith agreement between Great Lakes Governors and Premiers
  • Framework for protecting Basin waters from large scale diversions and consumptive uses
  • Establishment of water management principles
factors leading to the annex to the great lakes charter in 2001
Factors Leading to the Annex to the Great Lakes Charter in 2001
  • 1986 U.S. federal statute (WRDA)

- Prohibits diversions unless approved by

Governors of all Great Lakes States

- Allows veto without standards

- Regulates first drop (no threshold)

- Ontario & Quebec not subject to U.S.

federal law

- In-basin consumptive uses not incl

- Question whether ground water incl

  • 1998 Nova Group proposal
  • 1999 Recurring lower lake levels
october 1999 governors and premiers commitment
October 1999Governors and Premiers Commitment
  • Develop new agreement
  • Develop new common standard for water removal based upon protection of the water resources
  • Secure funds to develop a better base of water use data
governors and premiers principles for water management regime
Governors and Premiers Principles for Water Management Regime
  • Protect the resource
  • Be durable
  • Be simple
  • Be efficient
  • Retain authority in the Basin
great lakes charter annex
Great Lakes Charter Annex
  • Signed June 18, 2001
  • In contrast to WRDA the Annex would:

- Include Ontario and Quebec

- Include in-basin consumptive uses

- Include ground water

- Commit to improve the sources & applications

of scientific information re

management of Basin waters

annex directives
Annex Directives
  • New decision making standard
  • New set of binding agreements
  • Decision support system
  • Public participation
  • Further commitments

Improve sources & applications of scientific information, including role of ground water

draft decision making framework
Draft Decision Making Framework
  • Regional review by State-Provincial body for large diversion and consumptive use proposals
  • Individual State or Provincial review for smaller diversion and consumptive use proposals
annex implementation
Annex Implementation
  • June 2004 - timeline to develop agreement
  • State-Provincial agreement
  • State legislation such as approval of an interstate compact
  • Provincial legislation
great lakes priorities
Great Lakes Priorities
  • March 1, 2001 Congressional Great Lakes Task Force request to Governors
  • Common set of priorities for Great Lakes restoration
  • CGLG Priorities Task Force
  • April 2003 GAO Great Lakes Report
  • S 1398 and HR 2720
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Great Lakes Priorities
  • Leadership role of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers is key to establishing policy priorities for a comprehensive restoration plan
  • Priorities will reflect broad goals such as protection of human health, restoration of habitat, control of invasive species
summary
Summary
  • Great Lakes Basin Commission – compact
  • Council of Great Lakes Governors – partnership

Great Lakes Charter – good-faith agreement

Great Lakes Charter Annex – good-faith agreement that calls for binding agreements which are being developed

Great Lakes Priorities Task Force – partnership

  • WRDA – U.S. federal law
regional management
Regional Management

Operationalize Regional Agreements

  • Compact
  • Good-faith agreement
  • U.S. federal law
  • Currently working towards meeting intent of the Annex which calls for binding agreements
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Regional Management

Biggest Challenges

  • Resolving legal issues
  • Deriving consensus among highly diverse interests
  • Developing a scientific basis for decision making
  • Bridging different histories of water regulations within the respective jurisdictions
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Regional Management

What Could Be Done Differently?

  • Better monitoring and research to provide a scientific basis for decision making
  • Better coordination, definition of objectives, and measurement of results among existing programs (GAO Great Lakes Report)
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Regional Management

Lessons Learned

  • Sustainability of the resource is the critical bridge for bringing people together
  • Improvement in scientific information is needed for good decision making and setting standards
  • Effective management of water resources in the Great Lakes Basin requires an international partnership
  • Bridging group such as the Great Lakes Commission is necessary to bring diverse interests together
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Regional Management

What Can the Federal Government/Ocean Commission Do?

  • Recognize the key role of the States and Governors
  • Recognize the Great Lakes as part of the focus of our national ocean policy
  • Promote regional, watershed-based approach to policy development
  • Ensure the Great Lakes receive full and equitable share of federal support and funding
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“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained

in water.” ~ Loren Eiseley, The Flow of the River