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Great Lakes future subject of August forum
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 1985.

Some of the improvements contained in the revised draft agreements include:

A ban on diversions of water from the Great Lakes with limited exceptions;
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.









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