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Latest The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Stories

2008-07-31 18:00:29

By Daniel C. Vock, Stateline.org Jul. 30--Dropping water levels in the Great Lakes are forcing heavy-laden ships to turn around or lighten their loads. Booming Midwest suburbs want to tap Great Lakes water to fuel their growth. And hundreds of miles away, drought-stricken states -- and even New Mexico's governor -- are enviously eyeing the world's largest fresh water source. With those concerns in mind, eight states bordering the Great Lakes have approved and sent to Congress an...

2008-07-31 12:00:38

By Phillip Lucas, The Buffalo News, N.Y. Jul. 31--WASHINGTON -- Ratification of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact gained even more momentum Wednesday as the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously for the bill's passage. The compact is an effort of states in the Great Lakes region to prevent the lakes' water from being offered to states facing water shortages. "I think it's a situation where everybody's a winner, and nobody is a loser," Rep. F. James...

2008-07-29 12:00:50

U.S. President George W. Bush congratulated the governors and legislatures of the eight Great Lakes states Tuesday for approving a conservation agreement. The states that border the Great Lakes -- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- approved and sent to Congress the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The accord, also approved by two Canadian provinces, restricts the diversion of water from the Great Lakes...

2008-07-28 21:00:22

I congratulate the Governors and Legislatures of the eight States that border the Great Lakes on their conclusion of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Made in the spirit of cooperative conservation, this Compact is the result of many years of close coordination and consensus-building that resulted in the Compact's approval by the eight Great Lakes States and two Canadian Provinces. The Great Lakes are a national treasure. They were vital to the exploration...

2008-07-10 03:00:15

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....

2008-07-09 12:00:24

SAUGATUCK, Mich., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Great Lakes states took an historic step toward protecting the lakes from water diversions when Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm today signed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. With Granholm's signature, all eight Great Lakes states -- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- have now passed the Great Lakes Compact, a regional water management agreement to...

2008-07-08 18:00:17

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Chuck Ardo, +1-717-783-1116, or Michael Smith (DEP), +1- 717-787-1323, both of the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor HARRISBURG, Pa.,July 8/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell has followed through on an agreement reached in 2005 to protect one of the worlds largest bodies of fresh water -- the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin -- as he signed House Bill 1705, which will ensure this invaluable resource is protected for the millions of...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Tom Troy, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jul. 8--MARBLEHEAD, Ohio -- Ohio politicians celebrated the state's passage of an international water agreement to protect the Great Lakes watershed yesterday, and began turning to their next water fight -- in Congress. Gov. Ted Strickland ceremonially signed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact that bans diversions of water outside the watershed. He officially signed the agreement last month after it was passed by the...

2008-06-18 12:00:29

By JIM MORRIS OUT DOORS Ohio has finally made its contribution toward passing the Great Lakes Protection Agreement. Now it's up to Michigan and Pennsylvania to finish the job. On June 10, the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate passed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, an agreement to protect the Great Lakes from diversions and unregulated water withdrawals. "As a Michigan resident, it pains me to say that the Buckeyes have beaten the...

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2007-12-23 06:00:00

Six quadrillion gallons of water. That's a 6 followed by 15 zeroes. It's how much water is in Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior -- enough to cover an area the size of the lower 48 states to a depth of 91/2 feet. And to a drought-stricken Southeast and perennially parched Southwest, it's very tempting. On the campaign trail in September, Democratic presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson suggested that water from the Great Lakes could be piped to Las...