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Great Lakes Water Treaty Heads to Washington

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Only Congress and the president now stand in the way of a treaty to keep Great Lakes water in the Great Lakes region.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed the Great Lakes Compact this morning. That means all eight states in the fresh water basin have approved the deal.

Next up—congressional consideration. Supporters hope the treaty passes this year.

There are loopholes, but the treaty would prevent most folks outside the Great Lakes Basin from tapping into the water supply. Proponents hope this’ll help sustain water levels in the lakes. But others say the restrictions are arbitrary and could be an obstacle to economic development.

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