Great Lakes future subject of August
Buffalo Business First
Published July 1, 2005
A hearing will be held in Buffalo in August to elicit
public comment about a new draft agreement governing the
management and protection of the Great Lakes.
The hearing will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Aug.
2 at the Center for Tomorrow at the University at Buffalo's
North Campus in Amherst. It will be the first of four
hearings to be held along New York's lakeshore to consider
implementation agreements of the Great Lakes Charter of
Some of the improvements contained in the revised draft
A ban on diversions of water from the Great Lakes with
Implementation of common decision-making standards governing
new or increased water use proposals by each of the border
states and provinces;
Strengthened commitments to reduce demand for water and
improve efficient use of water resources.
The Great Lakes Charter is a voluntary agreement, amended
in 2001, through which the states and Canadian provinces
bordering the Great Lakes cooperatively manage the waters
of the Lakes.
Public comments will be reviewed and a final document
prepared for the governors' and premiers'' signatures
later this year. The final documents will then provide
a framework for each state and province to pass laws enacting
the shared commitments equally across the Great Lakes
Basin. In the U.S., Congress will be asked to consent
to any compact among the States. No federal legislation
is required in Canada.