Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

February 21, 2007

Minnesota is first to sign Great Lakes Compact

Filed under: Great Lakes Compact,Great Lakes News,Minnesota — nemo @ 1:46 pm

The Rochester (MN) Post Bulletin carries this article on Minnesota’s legislative passage of the Great Lakes Compact:

Minnesota became the first state to adopt what’s meant to be a multistate compact on Great Lakes water use on Tuesday when Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed legislation next to the Duluth harbor on Lake Superior.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact isn’t expected to have much effect on Minnesota since the state already has stricter regulations on water use and only about 15 percent of its area is part of a Great Lakes watershed.

The compact would require states to approve any major water diversion outside the Great Lakes watershed and regulate new commercial uses of water.

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