What the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River compact does
Posted on MLive.com 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- Require that water withdrawn but not consumed be returned to the same watershed after use.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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