Thursday, January 17, 2008

New York Governor Spitzer Calls For Adoption Of The Great Lakes Compact

In his State of the State message delivered Wednesday, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer called on his legislature to approve the Great Lakes Compact.

The full text to the lengthy speech is here, but the portion relating to the Compact is below:

'We also must do all we can to protect Upstate's environment, so we can pass on cleaner air, cleaner water and beautiful landscapes to our children and grandchildren.

"When it comes to the environment, there are so many priorities, so let me just outline one. In recent years, many New Yorkers near the Great Lakes have been troubled to hear that water levels have been dropping. This poses a threat to shipping, to our fisheries, and to our ecosystems-in other words, to the economy and quality of life in Great Lakes communities.

"That's why, today, I call upon the Legislature to pass the Great Lakes Compact, so we can join a multi-state effort to regulate water levels and maintain a strong, sustainable Great Lakes ecosystem and economy. "

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