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Water Law

This guide provides information on federal and state water law, the Great Lakes Compact, water services & organizations, international laws, treatises, cases & climate change resources.

Great Lakes Compact General Information

This section links to the organizations that have collected material on the Great Lakes Compact, included is a copy of the original Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement.  

The Great Lakes - Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario - are a dominant part of the physical and cultural heritage of North America.

Shared with Canada and spanning more than 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) from west to east, these vast inland freshwater seas provide water for consumption, transportation, power, recreation and a host of other uses.

The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on the Earth. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water. http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/basicinfo.html

Implementing Legislation of the Compact

Members of the Great Lake Compact:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Province of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Province of Québec, Wisconsin

LINKS TO LAWS AND LEGISLATION RELATED TO THE GREAT LAKES ST LAWRENCE BASIN RESOURCES COMPACT