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Water Wars: Great Lakes-style
Chicagoist (6/5)
Get used to the name ďWaukesha.Ē The Milwaukee suburb is about to be at the center of a serious tussle over the Great Lakes that will quickly ensnare all the states in the region.

Waukesha's Lake Michigan water application moves to next phase
Milwaukee Biz Times (6/15)
Mandated to improve the quality of its drinking water, which has high levels of radium, City of Waukesha officials first sought permission five years ago to get water from Lake Michigan. Finally, that process is about to move from the application phase to the approval phase.

COMMENTARY: Awash in thoughts about the Great Lakes
Rochester Business Journal (6/12)
With many states experiencing extreme drought, its time to give thanks for the Great Lakes.

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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.