Environmental Alter Initiative’s Peter Annin to brief congressional staffers on Fantastic Lakes Compact

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Peter Annin, managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Modify Initiative (ND-ECI), will supply a briefing on the Excellent Lakes Compact to Congressional staff members in Washington, D.C., on Friday (Dec. 5).

The briefing was organized by the nonprofit, bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Institute. Honorary sponsors of the briefing are Senate Fantastic Lakes Activity Force co-chairs Sens. Carl Levin and Mark Kirk, Senate vice-chairs Debbie Stabenow and Rob Portman, and Residence Wonderful Lakes Activity Force Chairs Candice Miller, John Dingell, Sean Duffy and Louise Slaughter.

David Naftzger, executive director of the Council of Excellent Lakes Governors, also will participate in the briefing.

The Wonderful Lakes Compact is a legal document developed to prevent the big-scale, extended-range diversions of water from the Great Lakes Basin. Passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2008, the Compact operates as a legal fence developed to hold Great Lakes water within the Fantastic Lakes Basin.

“In an era of escalating worldwide water insecurity, the Excellent Lakes Compact is more critical than ever,” Annin explained. “Next yr the Compact will be tested by a controversial water diversion proposal in suburban Milwaukee, and that is really what has triggered this briefing.”

Annin is an professional on the Fantastic Lakes water diversion controversy. His 2006 guide, “The Wonderful Lakes Water Wars,” is deemed to be the definitive perform on the topic.

The Notre Dame Environmental Modify Initiative (ND-ECI) is tackling the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water assets. The aim of ND-ECI is to provide solutions that reduce the trade-offs amongst human welfare and environmental overall health exactly where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to uncover win-win options exactly where they are feasible.

Get in touch with: Mandy Kinnucan, 574-247-2957, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

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