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How likely is the fear the West could steal Great Lakes water?

June 21, 2011

Noah Hall, a law professor at Wayne State University who used to manage the Great Lakes Water Resources Program for the National Wildlife Federation, commented in a story about the fear that the Great Lakes could have its water diverted to other parts of the country to address shortage issues in the west. Hall said such a move is unlikely. For one thing, there's an agreement between eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces that prohibits diversions outside the Great Lakes basin. Congress passed it and so did the president. As long as that compact stays in place, the Southwest and the rest of the world should be out of luck. Hall said the cost of moving water that far west, and moving it uphill to boot, is too expensive to be possible anyway.