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July 27, 2008

Great Lakes July Update

Filed under: Environment,politics — Julie P @ 2:04 pm

As news becomes available on the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes, I will provide it.

What the Great Lakes Compact is versus what is not is available on the Council of Great Lakes Governors website: Compact versus Uniform laws. A recent update concerning this compact states that it is awaiting approval in Washington later this year. There are some concerns though is that election year politics may complicate the process.

The Compact serves two main purposes: diversion of water from the Great Lakes and the restoration and preservation of the Great Lakes from toxins and invasive species. Concerning invasive species here are recent developments: The Ninth Circuit Court ruled in favor of a coalition of environmental groups in an effort to ward off invasive species. A brief synopsis of the outcome prohibits discharging polluted ballast water without a permit. On the Canadian side of the border a comprehensive progress report concerning toxins in the Great Lakes and the bilateral strategy within the Great Lakes basin is available.

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