2008 - Statewide Victory

Enacting a strong Great Lakes Compact

An historic achievement

Twenty percent of the earth’s fresh surface water is in the Great Lakes. So, it’s no wonder that other thirsty states and countries often eye our Great Lakes water when considering new developments like golf courses and water parks. Thanks to the Strong Great Lakes Compact, signed into law in the spring of 2008, that is no longer an option. Passage of this historic and complicated policy was the result of the support of more than 7,000 citizen comments, 40 local elected officials, and 50 organizations in support of the bill mobilized by Wisconsin Conservation Voters.