For immediate release
Great Lakes annual water use data available
The Great Lakes Commission is pleased to announce the release of the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database annual reports for 2001 and 2002. These reports are now online at www.glc.org/wateruse/database/.
This database provides a centralized source of
on withdrawals, diversions, and consumptive use of Great Lakes water,
data provided by the eight Great Lakes states and the provinces of
Québec. Available in both gallons and liters, the reports show water
uses by jurisdiction, basin, category
of use, and source
“As our ability to collect and report water use data improves, this database has the potential to be a very important tool for both researchers and policymakers,” said Minnesota state Rep. Tom Huntley, chair of the Great Lakes Commission. “In order to properly manage our water resources and protect the Great Lakes from abuse, we need to have access to good data on existing uses, and this database is an important first step toward achieving this goal.”
Water withdrawn for the purpose of generating electricity is the greatest use of Great Lakes water, with hydroelectric, nuclear and fossil fuel power plants representing the top three categories of overall use. However, most of the water withdrawn for power generation is returned to the system without being consumed. Water withdrawals for public water supply, industrial uses and irrigation, which are the next three largest water use categories, have a higher consumptive use rate because water is consumed in processes or products.
Each report is presented in three sections: 1) Introduction, Summary (basin-wide) Tables, and Jurisdictional Analyses and Tables; 2) Basin Tables; and 3) Water Use Category Tables.
Management of the database is an ongoing
on behalf of the
The regional water use database has been operational since the summer of 1988, following a multiyear design and development effort. Additional data and annual reports for 1998-2000 are available at www.glc.org/wateruse/database/.
The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by the Hon.
(Minn.), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency established under
state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy,
healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes - St.
Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of state
legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its eight
member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was
established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.” The
Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and
Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and
other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann