Credit where it is due:
George Bush signed legislation enabling the compact Friday, which [Wisconsin Gov. Jim] Doyle said was an “historic accomplishment” in efforts to preserve the world’s biggest freshwater resource, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
… The governors of the eight Great Lakes states met in Milwaukee in late 2005 after five years of negotiations and agreed on a new set of rules designed to prevent most large-scale diversions from the Great Lakes basin. It took two more years to secure ratification by each state’s legislature.
The measure then quickly moved through the US Senate, where it won unanimous approval, and the US House of Representatives approved it by a 390-25 vote last month.
via UPI: Bush signs Great Lakes Compact