PUBLIC LAW 90-419-JULY 24, 1968
Public Law 90-419 July 24, 1968 ^^- ^^^^
Great Lakes .
AN ACT Granting the consent of Congress to a Great Lakes Basin Compact, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the consent of Congress is hereby given, to the extent and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, to the Great Lakes Basin Compact which has been entered into by the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the form as follows:
"GEEAT LAKES BASIN COMPACT "The party states solemnly agree: "ARTICLE
"The purposes of this compact are, through means of joint or cooperative action: " 1. To promote the orderly, integrated, and comprehensive development, use, and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes Basin (hereinafter called the Basin). "2. To plan for the welfare and development of the water resources of the Basin as a whole as well as for those portions of the Basin which may have problems of special concern. "3. To make it possible for the states of the Basin and their people to derive the maximum benefit from utilization of public works, in the form of navigational aids or otherwise, which may exist or which may be constructed from time to time. "4. To advise in securing and maintaining a proper balance among industrial, commercial, agricultural, water supply, residential, recreational, and other legitimate uses of the water resources of the Basin. "5. To establish and maintain an intergovernmental agency to the end that the purposes of this compact may be accomplished more effectively. "ARTICLE
"A. This compact shall enter into force and become effective and binding when it has been enacted by the legislatures of any four of the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and thereafter shall enter into force and become effective and binding as to any other of said states when enacted by the legislature thereof. " B. The Province of Onta.rio and the Province of Quebec, or either of them, may become states party to this compact by taking such action as their laws and the laws of the Government of Canada may prescribe for adherence thereto. For the purpose of this compact \YIQ, word 'state' shall be construed to include a Province of Canada.