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Minnesota sets precedent with Great Lakes Compact

By Candice Dehnbostel

Minnesota was the first state to adopt a water use compact Tuesday after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the legislation, according to the Associated Press.

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact is meant to establish stricter standards on water usage if passed by the eight states and two Canadian provinces surrounding the Great Lakes, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The compact would also launch water-conservation and water-efficiency programs, reported the Pioneer Press.