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EDITORIAL: U.S. Senate leaves Great Lakes high and dry
The Plain Dealer (12/18)
Despite assurances that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014 was fast-tracked for passage before Congress shut down for the holidays, at least one unknown, unnamed senator torpedoed it.

WI governor wants to keep hunting, fishing fees for those activities
The Associated Press (12/17)
Wis. Gov. Scott Walker wants to review whether hunting and fishing fees collected by the state should be used to pay for costs related to sighting an open pit iron ore mine near Lake Superior.

EPA to discuss continued cleanup of Kalamazoo River Superfund site at Dec. 11 public meeting
MLive (12/8)
Options being considered for next summer's Kalamazoo River cleanup will be the topic of a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Notre Dame official to talk about water compact
The Associated Press (12/4)
The managing director of the University of Notre Dameís Environmental Change Initiative will brief congressional staff members on the Great Lakes Compact.

As 2014 winds down, no sign that levels wonít keep rising in new year
The Manitoulin Expositor (12/3)
With the exception of Lake Ontario, water levels of all the Great Lakes remained above average in October.

Great Lakes breweries look to conserve regionís water
Great Lakes Echo (12/2)
The Great Lakes basin supplies breweries with some of the freshest water in the country, but if brewers like what they taste, some experts suggest they make some changes.

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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.