[r49] Governor Signs Great Lakes Compact (2/20/2008)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Start Date: 2/20/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/20/2008
(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2008 - Gov. Mitch Daniels today signed into law Senate Bill 45, which was co-sponsored by Rep. John Ulmer (R-Goshen). The bill requires Indiana to adopt the Great Lakes Compact that several states have already adopted. The bill is effective beginning July 1, 2008.

"We have worked hard on this bill this year to help preserve our natural resources." said Rep. Ulmer. "The Great Lakes benefit millions of people with its beauty and capacity for drinking water. They are also extremely important to the economy, with lots of shipping coming to ports in the Midwest. The compact will help protect the ever-lowering water levels, so that people can continue to enjoy the activities and beauty the Great Lakes has to offer, while maintaining strong economic policies."

The compact is a regional agreement to help monitor, manage and protect water resources from the Great Lakes. The compact instructs each state in the Great Lakes region to regulate water use and adopt conservation plans for protecting the waters of the five Great Lakes.

Rep. Ulmer encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h49@in.gov, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 or writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.