Monday, October 18, 2010

Our Great Lakes Water Resources: Conserving and Protecting Our Water Today for Use Tomorrow -- NY DEC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in response to a 2008 directive of the New York State Legislature, the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council (GLBAC) has released its final report on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Compact). The report is meant to guide New York's implementation of the requirements of the Compact. It indentifies key recommendations to ensure sustainable protections for New York's Great Lakes watershed.

Key Report Recommendations include:

• Passing final legislation to regulate water withdrawals statewide
• Increasing information collection on aquifer and stream flows
• Establishing incentives to promote business and residential water conservation
• Investing substantially to reduce leaks in water infrastructure
The Council believes that the effort invested in this document will support New York's Governor, Legislature and citizens in fully implementing the Compact.

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