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E-M:/ Great Lakes Compact flows through U.S. House on its way to the President

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Here are some of this week's highlights:

Great Lakes Compact flows through U.S. House on its way to the President
Representatives remain worried about exemptions
September 25, 2008

As of Tuesday, grandiose visions of Lake Michigan pipelines pumping water to parched Arizona began withering in the wake of the congressionally approved Great Lakes Compact. With the Compact ratified, the Great Lakes Basin is one executive signature away from legislation that would prohibit outside parties from exporting large quantities of fresh water from its shores.

The U.S. House of Representatives gave 390 yea and only 25 nay votes to legislation banning major diversions from the Great Lakes Basin. Now the Compact is on its way to the President, who has already expressed his support. Read more...


Global conflicts over water threaten geopolitical stability
September 23, 2008

Conflict in Kashmir ebbs and flows, especially as India’s crucial Baglihar Dam reservoir surges with water that may not be its own. With the rising levels, come rising tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi. The 450 mega-watt dam, near the Pakistan-India border along Kashmir’s Chenab River, promises to bring hydroelectric power to northern Indian. But as the dam reaches full capacity, Islamabad is crying foul and seeking compensation for what it views as a “gross violation” of international treaty and “stolen” water.

International conflict over water isn’t new. But as water shortages continue to threaten the stability of politically fragile regions — like Kashmir — U.S. policy toward international water management grows more important. That’s according to a new report released today by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based bipartisan think-tank. Read more...