9.4.08

HEADING OFF THAT CIVIL WAR. The Wisconsin legislature is ready to vote on ratifying the Great Lakes Compact. The article notes only that a special session of the legislature is pending. It does not note whether Wisconsin is proposing amendments to the compact. Those are not bookkeeping quibbles. Some state legislators objected to the compact as it appeared to give the governors of other Great Lakes states veto power over water projects that previously could be approved within Wisconsin. And, as the compact has not yet been put in the form of a treaty with Canada, there is still potential for landlocked and coastal states to hold up a treaty in the Senate. The article's optimism about the compact preventing for all time the export of water to southern and southwestern states strikes me as premature. I must continue to note the absence of any discussion of water pricing in the development of the compact.

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