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Regional Droughts Create Water Rights Issues
(2007-11-12)
(wgvu) - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The leading presidential candidates
aren't saying much about one of the biggest issues around the
country: water supplies.
The government predicts that 36 states will run short of water
within five years because of drought, overuse and other reasons.
It's already a big problem in parts of the West and South.
But it hasn't come up much during the campaign. One reason may
be that water can be a political minefield.
Democratic hopeful Bill Richardson ran into trouble recently by
calling for a national water policy and describing Wisconsin as
"awash in water." Many in the Great Lakes area thought he was
hinting at sending their water to the Sun Belt. Richardson says
that's not what he meant.
Legislators in the eight Great Lakes states are considering a
compact to prevent raids on the region's waters.
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