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What the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River compact does
Associated Press
Posted on on December 6, 2007

(AP) — The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact would:

  • Prohibit new or expanded water diversions outside the natural drainage basin except under limited circumstances.

  • Allow diversions to counties that straddle the boundary only if conditions met and all eight states approve.

  • Require each state to regulate new and expanded, large-scale water withdrawals based on regional standards.

  • Require each state to develop a conservation plan.

  • Require that water withdrawn but not consumed be returned to the same watershed after use.

  • Require states to develop water inventories, monitor effects of withdrawals.

  • Establish a regional council to hear disputes, collect information.

  • Allow lawsuits alleging failure to comply with compact.


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