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Likely Michigan voters back Great Lakes water curb
Toledo Blade

Nearly four of every five Michigan residents likely to vote in November support Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposal to curb Great Lakes water withdrawals, according to the results of a National Wildlife Federation poll released yesterday.

The poll showed 79 percent of the likely voters support the proposed legislation, the Michigan Water Legacy Act. Sixty-five percent said they strongly support the act, with support strongest among Republicans and independents, the environmental group said.

The proposal, not on the ballot but being considered by the legislature, would regulate withdrawals in excess of two million gallons a day or 100 million gallons a year from the Great Lakes, inland lakes, streams, or underground wells. If approved, it would force Michigan to live up to commitments it made in the 1985 Great Lakes Charter agreement with other states in the region, such as registering all major water users.

Approval of Ms. Granholm's initiative is seen by some groups as a step toward getting other states this year to finalize an agreement they made in principle in 2001 to curb Great Lakes diversions and bulk withdrawals. That effort is being led by Gov. Bob Taft, chairman of the Great Lakes Council of Governors.

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