Testimony of Alliance Vice President of Policy

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Good afternoon. My name is Molly Flanagan. I’m Vice President of Policy at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The Alliance has been protecting the Great Lakes for more than 40 years and has thousands of volunteers and supporters across the region, including here in Wisconsin and also in your states. The Alliance is an official member of the Great Lakes Regional Body Advisory Committee, a role that we take very seriously.

I was personally involved in negotiating the terms of the Great Lakes Compact and Agreement which I will refer to as Agreements in this testimony. I worked, along with many others, to ensure its adoption in each of the Great Lakes states and support in Congress. Therefore, I understand many of the ins and outs of those negotiations and what was intended as your states signed onto these important agreements.

Perhaps the primary goal of the Agreements were to prohibit diversions of water outside of the Great Lakes basin. Exceptions to this prohibition were written into these documents to potentially allow communities near that Great Lakes basin to tap Great Lakes water as a source of drinking water when all other options were exhausted. I bring this up because the Alliance supports the Agreements and so we are not automatically opposed to all diversions of water. We believe that diversion requests that fall under the Agreements exception standards warrant careful consideration. They must also meet the stringent requirements set forth in the Agreements.

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