Protecting Lake Michigan

When President George W. Bush in October signed a water compact negotiated by the Great Lakes states, supporters rejoiced that seven years of haggling over how to keep thirsty outsiders from grabbing their precious resource were over.

But die-hard activists unsatisfied with the deal are battling on. They fear the pact and state laws enacted to comply with it have flaws that could give multinational corporations a legal basis for tapping into the lakes as the worldwide freshwater shortage worsens.

Some of the critics are convening Sunday in Traverse City, Michigan to discuss their options.

Prospects for reworking the compact are remote at best, requiring approval of all eight states' legislatures, Congress and the president.

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