Michigan nears agreement on Great Lakes Compact

After years of debating new laws to promote sustainable water withdrawals, Michigan lawmakers reached agreement on a deal this week, which will move the matter to the governor’s desk for signing.

According to excerpts from the story:

Key lawmakers reached a deal Monday to strengthen the state's regulation of large-scale water withdrawals, paving the way for Michigan to approve a regional agreement preventing Great Lakes water from being sent elsewhere.

The legislation may reach Gov. Jennifer Granholm's desk by the end of the week, with votes coming as early as Tuesday.

Five states have ratified the Great Lakes Basin Compact, and Ohio's governor will sign it soon. Then Michigan and Pennsylvania would be the only states that have not approved it. Congress also must sign off.

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