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Title: Indiana Meeting to Highlight Need for Great Lakes Compact

Alliance for the Great Lakes
For Immediate Release                         
Friday, Sept. 21, 2007                                 
Contact: Joel Brammeier -- 773-590-6494
Sharon Cook -- 414-232-6051

Indiana Meeting to Highlight Need for Great Lakes Compact

As Indiana gears up to consider adopting the Great Lakes Compact, the public is urged to attend a Sept. 27 public meeting in South Bend to learn how the compact will secure the waters and health of the Great Lakes.

The meeting is one of three scheduled around the state next week as the Indiana Legislature prepares to consider a ratification proposal by the state Department of Natural Resources in 2008. Minnesota and Illinois were the first states to adopt the compact earlier this year, and legislatures in the other Great Lakes states are now in varying stages of taking up the legislation.

Scheduled for 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library, the South Bend meeting is sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes in conjunction with a half dozen other conservation and public interest groups. DNR representatives will also be on hand to answer questions.

Signed by the governors of the eight Great Lakes states in December 2005, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin Water Resources Compact sets forth a set of uniform, binding water use standards aimed at protecting the waters of the Great Lakes – a vast yet vulnerable system that supplies 40 million people with clean drinking water.

Developed as an answer to arid communities within or outside the United States that may seek to tap the Great Lakes for future freshwater needs, the compact bans the diversion of water from the Lakes -- with limited exceptions -- and sets fair and consistent standards for water use inside the Great Lakes basin.

Once endorsed by the legislatures of all the Great Lakes states, the compact moves to the U.S. Congress for final ratification. The Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec are considering a complementary agreement that mirrors the compact.

Additional public meetings on the compact ratification proposal in Indiana are scheduled in Huntertown and Porter on Sept. 26 and 27.

Sponsoring the South Bend meeting with the Alliance are: the League of Women Voters, South Bend and Elkhart Chapter; The Nature Conservancy of Indiana; Indiana Wildlife Federation; the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative; and the St. Joseph River Basin Commission.

The South Bend public meeting will be held in the Humphreys Multimedia Room of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St., South Bend, Ind.

Meeting Schedule:
Fort Wayne Area Meeting:
Date:           Wednesday, September 26
Time:           6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EDT)
Location:       Fort Wayne Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America
17100 Griffin Road
Huntertown, IN  46748

Northwest Indiana Area Meeting:
Date:           Thursday, September 27
Time:           1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Location:       Ranger Station Training Room
Ranger Headquarters’ Complex
1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

South Bend/Elkhart Area Meeting:
Date:           Thursday, September 27
Time:           6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
Location:       St. Joseph County Public Library
Humphreys Multimedia Room
304 S. Main St.
South Bend, IN  46601


Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes (formerly the Lake Michigan Federation) is the oldest independent citizens' organization in North America. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. More about the Alliance for the Great Lakes is online at http://www.greatlakes.org

Susan Campbell
Communications Manager
Alliance for the Great Lakes

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