Thursday, June 14, 2007

Detroit Free Press Again Calls For Action On Great Lakes Compact

Twice in six days, the Detroit Free Press has urged adoption of a strong Great Lakes Compact.

The paper's editorials are aimed primarily at Michigan's state legislature, but the message for timely and comprehensive Great Lakes protection is relevant also in Wisconsin.

That's because the state legislative study committee charged with drafting a Compact implementing bill for Wisconsin has not met since December, 2006.

Legislative leaders have said they want the committee to wrap up its work by mid-September.

That means heavy-lifting by the 18-member committee throughout the summer, with resistance from Waukesha County to the Compact's tough diversion rules being among the higher hurdles preventing the committee's drafting a genuine Great Lakes protection bill.

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