States approve water pact

July 10, 2008 at 1:11 AM

SAUGATUCK, Mich., July 10 (UPI) -- The Council of Great Lakes Governors said a pact designed to protect the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin is headed to Congress.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed legislation Wednesday ratifying the compact, joining Illinois Indiana, Minnesota, New York,Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in creating new water protections for the Great Lakes.

The council of Great Lakes Governors said more than 20 members of Congress have expressed support for the pact. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio and Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., are expected to lead the bill through Congress.

The compact, designed to achieve sustainable water use and resource protection, requires registration for any entity making a withdrawal or diversion of water from the basin averaging 100,000 gallons a day or more in any 30-day period, the council said.

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