Compact Proposes Water Diversion Rules for Great Lakes

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The proposed Great Lakes Charter Annex would only allow new or increased withdrawals on any of the five Great Lakes if water is immediately returned and the condition of the lakes is improved.

That means water could go to areas in the Great Lakes region, but not to areas like the fast-growing Southwest.

The proposal would require new or increased diversions by municipalities to return cleaned waste water to the lakes to limit any drawdown of the fresh water supply.

Monday’s release of the Great Lakes Compact starts the clock on a 90-day public comment period.