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Special Committee on Great Lakes Water Resources Compact

Chair: Sen. Neal Kedzie
Legislative Council Staff: Rachel Letzing and John Stolzenberg
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The special committee is directed to develop legislation to ratify and implement the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact proposed by the governors of the Great Lakes states.  In developing this legislation, the special committee shall consider the need for new or modified water resource management strategies, including an integrated strategy that is based on the relationships between surface water, groundwater, and water-dependent natural resources and that addresses water quantity and quality issues in a coordinator manner.

Additional Materials Distributed to the Committee
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature, 2007-20 (no legislation recommended)(October 5, 2007)
  • WLC: 0141/P4, relating to ratifying and implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact
  • Memorandum from committee staff regarding the work of the Special Committee (September 10, 2007)
  • Letter from Senator Neal Kedzie, Chair, Special Committee, to Sen. Fred Risser and Rep. Steve Wieckert, Co-Chairs, Joint Legislative Council, regarding the work of the Special Committee (September 10, 2007)
September 4, 2007 Meeting
  • WLC: 0141/P3, relating to ratifying and implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact
  • WLC: 0150/1, an amendment to WLC: 0141/P3
  • Letter, distributed at the request of Senator Mary Lazich (August 24, 2007)
August 21, 2007 Meeting
  • Memo No. 16, Administrative Hearing and Judicial Review Under the Compact and the Committee Draft (August 14, 2007)

  • Memo No. 17 (Revised), Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Implementation Issues and Related Projects (August 14, 2007)

  • Memo No. 18, Alternative Means of Legislative Oversight Regarding the Governor’s Vote on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Council (August 16, 2007)

  • WLC: 0141/P2, relating to ratifying and implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact

  • The following items distributed at the request of Senator Mary Lazich:

    • Memorandum to Ohio Senator Grendell from Ohio Representative Bill Seitz, regarding Great Lakes Compact, dated February 26, 2007.

    • Memorandum to Steve Stover, OSBA, from Louis L. McMahon, regarding Great Lakes Compact Legislation Analysis, dated April 9, 2007

    • Open letter to Great Lakes Legislators from Ohio Senator Timothy J. Grendell, entitled Protect Your State and the Waters of the Great Lakes!dated July 31, 2007

  • Excerpt, from the Final Report of the International Joint Commission to the governments of the United States and Canada, distributed at the request of Senator Mary Lazich

August 7, 2007 Meeting

 

July 18, 2007 Meeting
  • WLC: 0141/P1, relating to implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
  • Handout, Draft Regional Water Conservation and Efficiency Objectives in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative (March 15, 2007).  [Distributed by the Council of Great Lakes Governors.]
  • Memorandum, Great Lakes Compact Study Committee:  Recommended Compact Implementing Provisions, submitted by Public Members Jodi Habush Sinykin and Keith Reopelle (July 11, 2007).
  • Handout, Analysis of Alternative Threshold Quantities, submitted by Public Member Hallet Harris (July 11, 2007).
  • Memorandum, Proposed Changes to Conservation Language in WLC: 0141/P1 dated 7/3/2007, submitted by Lawrie Kobza, MEG Municipal Drinking Water
Status Report and Result of Joint Legislative Council Meeting
  • Status Report of the Special Committee on Great Lakes Water Resources Compact, submitted to the Joint Legislative Council by Senator Neal Kedzie, Chair of the Special Committee
  • Memorandum to Members of the Special Committee, Future Committee Meetings Dates (June 13, 2007)
  • Result letter of the JLC Meeting (6-12-07)
Letter Distributed April 3, 2007
  • Letter, to members of the Special Committee from Senator Neal Kedzie, regarding a future committee meeting
Additional Materials Distributed February 15, 2007
  • Letter to members of the Special Committee from Senator Neal Kedzie (February 15, 2007), regarding a future committee meeting
  • Memorandum to Senator Neal Kedzie, Remaining Issues Relating to the Ratification and Implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (February 6, 2007)
  • Memo No. 12, Drafting Instructions From the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water - Version 4 (Revised February 15, 2007).
  • Memo No. 13,Drafting Instructions from the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions - Version 3 (February 15, 2007)
  • Memo No. 14, Drafting Instructions from the Subcommittee on Public Participation and Dispute Resolution (February 14, 2007).
  • Memo No. 15, Drafting Instructions on Miscellaneous Topics - Version 1 (February 14, 2007).
  • Memorandum, to John Stolzenberg and Rachel Letzing from Chuck Ledin, Department of Natural Resources, Response to “held in trust” language concerns (January 2, 2007)
February 16, 2007 Meeting [CANCELLED]
  • Letter, from Senator Neal Kedzie, Chair, to Senator Fred Risser and Representative Steve Wieckert, Co-Chairs, Joint Legislative Council
  • Memorandum, Great Lakes Compact, to Senator Mary Lazich, from Ohio Senator Tim Grendell (January 11, 2007)
  • Memorandum, Great Lakes Diversions Attorney General Opinion, to John Stolzenberg and Rachel Letzing from Senator Wirch, distributed at the request of Senator Wirch (January 16, 2007)
February 1, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water
  • Memo No. 12, Drafting Instructions from the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water - Version 3 (January 9, 2007) (Revised January 30, 2007)
  • Memo, Association Certification of Water Conservation Measures (January 31, 2007)
January 31, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions
  • Memo No. 13, Drafting Instructions from the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions - Version 2 (January 10, 2007 (Revised January 26, 2007))
January 19, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water
  • Chapter VII, “Water Conservation” in draft SEWRPC Technical report No. 43, State-of-the-Art of Water Supply Practices, referenced by public member Bill Mielke
  • EPA water conservation guidelines, referenced by Dave Sheard, PSC [Summary of 3 tiers in the table on actual page 42 of "Part 2 Overview of the Guidelines"]
  • LEEDS Green Building Rating System , referenced by Lynita Docken, Commerce
  • Memorandum, Proposed Approach to Tiered Water Conservation Measures (January 18, 2007)
  • Memo No. 12, Drafting Instructions from the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water - Version 2 (January 18, 2007)
January 17, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Public Participation and Dispute Resolution
 
January 16, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions
 
January 11, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions
  • Memo No. 13, Drafting Instructions from the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions - Version 1 (January 10, 2007)
  • Memorandum, Options Developed Regarding Baseline Determination in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (January 10, 2007)
January 10, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water
  • Memorandum, Discussion of Water Conservation Programs for Communities Diverting Great Lakes Basin Water under the Compact (January 9, 2007)
  • Memo No. 12, Drafting Instructions from the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water - Version 1 (January 9, 2007)
January 8, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions
 
January 5, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Water Conservation and Bottled Water
January 4, 2007 Meeting of the Subcommittee on Regulation of Withdrawals, Consumptive Uses, and Diversions
Organization and Responsibilities of Subcommittees
  • Memorandum, relating to subcommittee membership and members, to members of the Special Committee from John Stolzenberg, Chief of Research Services, and Rachel Letzing, Senior Staff Attorney, Legislative Council staff (December 19, 2006)
  • Memorandum, Division of Responsibilities Among the Subcommittees of the Special Committee (December 22, 2006)
  • Memo No. 11, Revised Index of Recommendations and Concerns Regarding the Compact Submitted by Special Committee Members and Others (December 22, 2006)
December 15, 2006 Meeting
  • Memorandum, to members of the Special Committee from John Stolzenberg, Chief of Research Services, and Rachel Letzing, Senior Staff Attorney, Legislative Council staff (November 20, 2006)
  • Memo No. 9, Comments on Proposed Definition of Tributary Groundwater (December 8, 2006)
  • Memo No. 10, Differences Between Registration and Reporting Requirements Under Current Law and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (December 8, 2006)
  • Memo No. 11, Index of Recommendations and Concerns Regarding the Compact Submitted by Special Committee Members and Others (December 14, 2006)
Recommendations & Concerns Regarding the Definition of Tributary Groundwater Submitted by Special Committee Members & Others
  • Memorandum, Summary of proposed amendments to the draft compact legislation, submitted by Dan Duchniak, General Manager, Waukesha Water Utility and Public Member (December 6, 2006)
    • Amendment, to Clarify that Water Resources Development Act Covers Tributary Groundwater (December 6, 2006)
  • Handout, Tributary Groundwater, distributed by Public Member Dan Duchniak
  • Letter, from Kevin Crawford, Public Member, Mayor, City of Manitowoc (November 28, 2006)
  • Comments, on the revised version of the GeoSyntec Consultants report prepared for the City of Waukesha entitled, The Regional Ground Water Flow System in Southeastern Wisconsin, Based on the Findings of the United States Geological Survey: Groundwater in the Great Lakes Basin: The Case of Southeastern Wisconsin, revised November 13, 2006, submitted by Ken Bradbury, WGNHS and Daniel Feinstein, USGS
  • Memorandum, Response to Waukesha's Tributary Groundwater Proposal, submitted by Clean Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, City of Milwaukee, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center (December 6, 2006)
  • Memorandum, Response to Waukesha Water Utility's proposal on Tributary Groundwater, submitted by Douglas Cherkauer and Timothy Grundl, Professors of Geosciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (December 4, 2006)
Recommendations & Concerns Regarding the Compact Submitted by Special Committee Members & Others
November 13, 2006 Meeting
  • Memo No. 5, Comparison of Review and Approval Authorities for New or Increased Withdrawals and Diversions (September 26, 2006; revised October 10, 2006)
  • Memo No. 6, Options on the Governor’s Alternates and Advisors to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (November 6, 2006)
  • Memo No. 7, Options on the Registration and Reporting by Water Users and State Water Resources Inventory Required Under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (November 6, 2006)
  • Memo No. 8, Information on Major Water Withdrawals and Users in Wisconsin (November 8, 2006)
  • Memorandum, Selected Bibliography of USGS Publications on the Great Lakes Basin, to Senator Neal Kedzie and John Stolzenberg, from Daniel Feinstein, U.S. Geological Survey (October 12, 2006)
  • Memorandum, Clarification of Results of Model Simulations Conducted by USGS and WGNHS in Statement Made by the GeoSyntec Consultants in Report Dated March 23, 2006, submitted to City of Waukesha, to Senator Neal Kedzie and John Stolzenberg, from Daniel Feinstein, U.S. Geological Survey, and Ken Bradbury, University of Wisconsin Extension, Wisconsin Geological and National History Survey (October 17, 2006)
  • Report, to Governor Doyle, A Menu of Demand Side Initiatives for Water Utilities, by the Public Service Commission and the Department of Natural Resources (September 2006) [Note:  the video or slides of the presentations at the May 23, 2006 Water Conservation Symposium referenced in this report are posted at:  http://psc.wi.gov/conservationWater/index-waterConservation.htm.]
  • Report, Waukesha Water Utility, Water Conservation and Protection Plan, distributed by public committee member Dan Duchniak
  • Memorandum, A Conservation Toolkit for Wisconsin: A Summary of MEA's Protecting Wisconsin's Water Report with Appendixes of National Conservation Models, distributed at the request of committee member Jodi Habush Sinykin (November 7, 2006)
  • Memorandum, Interstate Compact Law; Ability of Congress to Change Compacts, from Mike McCabe, Director, CSG Midwestern Office
  • Report, Protecting Wisconsin's Water, A Conservation Report and Toolkit, distributed at the request of committee member Jodi Habush Sinykin
  • Handout, Tributary Groundwater, prepared by Godfrey & Kahn S.C., distributed by Public Member Dan Duchniak
  • Revised Report, The Regional Groundwater Flow System in Southeastern Wisconsin, distributed by Public Member Dan Duchniak
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by Lynita Docken, Department of Commerce
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by David Sheard, Public Service Commission
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by Eric Callisto, Public Service Commission
  • PowerPoint Presentation, by Travis Dahl, US Army Corp of Engineers
October 4, 2006 Meeting
  • Memo No. 3, Maps of Great Lakes Basins (September 7, 2006; revised September 7, 2006 and October 4, 2007)
  • Memo No. 4, Party State Flexibility in Implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (September 26, 2006)
  • Memo No. 5, Comparison of Review and Approval Authorities for New or Increased Withdrawals and Diversions (September 26, 2006)
  • Memorandum, Summary of Fact Sheet on Findings of Regional Groundwater Model for Southwestern Wisconsin, from Daniel Feinstein, U.S. Geological Survey (dated September 25, 2006) Revised November 21, 2006
  • Memorandum, Questions and Comments Regarding LRB-0058/1, from Public Member Edward J. Wilusz (September 26, 2006)
  • Letter, dated March 28, 2006 distributed at the request of Public Member Dan Duchniak
  • Letter, dated May 17, 2006 distributed at the request of Public Member Dan Duchniak
  • Presentation, by Kenneth Bradbury, Hydrogeologist, University of Wisconsin-Extension, and Daniel Feinstein, Hydrogeologist, United States Geological Survey
    • USGS Fact Sheet
    • Link to Ground water in the Great Lakes Basin:  the case of southeastern Wisconsin, mentioned during Kenneth Bradbury presentation
  • Materials distributed at the request of Public Member Jodi Habush Sinykin:
  • Press Release, Water Resources in Southeastern Wisconsin:  Hydrologic Realities and Misperceptions, distributed at the request of Representative Richards
September 7, 2006 Meeting
  • Memo No. 1, State Law Regarding Water Withdrawals and Diversions (8-31-06)
  • Memo No. 2, Overview of Party State Duties Under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (8-31-06)
  • LRB-0058/P1, relating to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.  (Note:  the definitions in this preliminary draft in proposed s. 281.343 (1e) provide a glossary of terms used in connection with the compact.)
  • The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Resource Kit, distributed by Peter Johnson, Program Director, Council of Great Lakes Governors
  • Power Point Presentation, by Peter Johnson, Program Director, Council of Great Lakes Governors
  • Handout, distributed by the Department of Natural Resources (9-8-06)

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