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March 9, 2021
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(wgvu) - A year ago, a proposed compact
designed to prevent raids on the Great Lakes was threatened by
squabbles in the states with jurisdiction over nearly one-fifth of
the world's fresh surface water.
Now the deal is close to ratification on the state level. And
supporters are beginning to plot strategy for the final step of
winning approval from Congress and the White House.
The compact would prohibit new or increased diversions of water
to users outside the Great Lakes basin with limited exceptions.
But backers remain wary. That's in part because fears of water
grabs from other parts of the country -- or even from overseas --
inspired the eight states to negotiate their deal.
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