Events Relating to the Great Lakes Compact: 2001-13


Annex 1


Annex to 1985 Great Lakes Charter; signed by Great Lakes governors and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec to commit
the parties to develop a collaborative water management system for the basin.

Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) Created

May 18, 2004

Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) created by an Executive Order from President Bush; they focus mainly on environmental outcomes like cleaner water and sustainable fisheries, and target measurable results.

Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Created

December 2004

The President directed that EPA work with relevant states and cities to convene a regional collaborative effort. Former EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt fulfilled this requirement by establishing the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.

Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement


Signed by eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, it outlines framework for a management system committed
to the 2001 Annex.


Great Lakes Compact Signed

February 20, 2007 - 07/09/2008

Following approval by each of the eight member state legislatures, the compact was signed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on February 20, 2007; Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on August 17, 2007; Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on February 20, 2008; New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer on March 4, 2008; Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle on May 27, 2008; Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on June 27, 2008; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on July 4, 2008; and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on July 9, 2008.

Great Lakes Compact is Ratified


Signed into law by President George W. Bush Oct 3, 2008; the compact which builds on the 1985 Great Lakes Charter and its 2001 Annex, further detailing how the states manage the use of the Great Lakes Basin's water supply, finally becomes a state and federal law on December 8, 2008.

Great Lakes Compact Becomes Fully Binding


Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources
Compact becomes fully binding because states are required to formally establish their own water withdrawal regulation and management programs.