February 28, 2008

Kenosha County to back Great Lakes Compact

The Kenosha County Board is expected to endorse the Great Lakes Compact next Tuesday.

Last week, the Wisconsin State Senate's Committee on Environment and Natural Resources met in Kenosha for a public hearing on the Compact -- officially, Senate Bill 523, The Great Lakes- St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resource Compact -- and testimony was overwhelmingly favorable. More than 50 people spoke in favor of the bill; three were opposed.

A resolution in support of the Compact will be introduced Tuesday before the next meeting of the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors, by supervisors William Grady, District 1, and Jennifer Jackson, District 20, with bipartisan support.

The measure calls upon the Wisconsin Legislature and governor "to quickly ratify this bill into law so that others may follow," and urges Congress to approve the Compact "so it may become a binding interstate compact on Great Lakes bordering states."

" In looking for support from Village officials, we found many to be on board and willing to speak at the next board meeting. The Village of Bristol and Pleasant Prairie as well as the Mayor of the City of Kenosha and their Water utilities Manager, Ed.St. Peter, all concur that the Great Lakes Compact is detailed and works for Kenosha County," said Jackson.

The complete resolution is HERE.

So far, no such action has been taken by the Racine County Board of Supervisors.

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