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House Approves Great Lakes Compact
(2008-07-30)
(wgvu) - WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee has approved an agreement to
prevent the diversion of water from the Great Lakes.
Today's vote by the Judiciary Committee builds momentum to
protect one of the world's largest sources of fresh water.
The committee voted to ratify the Great Lakes Compact, sending
it to the House floor. Lawmakers say Congress should act quickly on
the pact so communities in the region can benefit from the
protections.
The agreement was negotiated by eight Great Lakes states. It
bars countries or remote states from tapping into the lakes from
their natural drainage basin with rare exceptions. It also requires
the states to regulate their own large-scale water uses and promote
conservation.
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