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Plans for south Jefferson waterline build momentum
Watertown Daily Times (8/28)
For homeowners in southwestern Jefferson County, N.Y., many of whom use wells, access to municipal water pumped from Lake Ontario would be a major improvement.

Geysers on the Maumee
The Toledo Blade (8/18)
A geyser is not something you expect to see while traveling along or over the Maumee River, but in 1952 you might have seen one.

Lake Erie: Is it time to worry again about its health?
Erie Time-News (8/12)
Lake Erie is the shallowest and warmest of the Great Lakes, making biological conditions more conducive for algae growth, and making the lake more susceptible to effects of climate change. And invasive species are a persistent threat.

Surfing on the Great Lakes has its own culture
Second Wave (8/12)
Surfing on the Great Lakes draws more adventurous surfers in recent years to northern Michigan. While it may not be a surf mecca along the lines of Oahu, it has a style all its own, say its devotees.

Milwaukee finds a fix for stormwater overflows: Abandoned basements
NPR (8/12)
As part of a new citywide sustainability plan and an attempt to reinvent itself as a "fresh coast" capital, Milwaukee is upgrading its water systems, and is researching options for tackling its chronic problems with stormwater management.

COMMENTARY: Time for Ontario to be more ambitious on water
Northumberland View (8/11)
With its new majority, Ontario should pass an ambitious Great Lakes Protection Act and create new financing tools for water management.

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About this website              

Welcome to the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database, providing comparable water use information on withdrawals, diversions and consumptive uses. This database supports the states and provinces in implementing Article 4 of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact  and Article 301 of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement.  Under the Compact and the Agreement, the parties (states and provinces) are required to report water use information to the regional database repository and aggregated information will be made available to the public on an annual basis. In 2012, the database was redesigned to comply with the Interim State/Provincial Reporting Protocols to the Regional Water Use Database, adopted by the Regional Body and Compact Council on December 8, 2009.

The Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database has been around for over 20 years! Originally, it was established by the Great Lakes states and provinces in response to the recommendation of the Great Lakes Charter of 1985, which calls for a uniform, consistent base of data of Great Lakes water withdrawals, diversions and consumptive uses. Beginning in 1987, water use data have been submitted to the repository on an annual basis and reports provided to assist the jurisdictions in Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River water resources planning and management.  As specified by the Water Resources Management Committee in its 1987 report, Managing the Waters of the Great Lakes Basin, the database catalogs withdrawals by water use category, sub-basin and jurisdiction.