It’s obvious states want to work together. With more than 200 interstate compacts, states address wide-ranging issues that are not confined to geographical boundaries or jurisdictional lines. Interstate compacts are legal agreements between states that are designed to resolve concerns that transcend state lines, such as allocating interstate waters.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office reviewed the structure and governance of environment and natural resource compacts. According to the report, at least 76 compacts are designed to address environment and natural resource management issues such as conservation and environment, planning and development, energy and water resource management.