CurrentCast: When Sharing is Not Caring

When sharing is not caring...on this CurrentCast.

We've always been taught to share. But the eight Great Lakes states have a legal pact that limits the sharing of their most valuable resource: water.

Flanagan: Even though there's a lot of water in the Great Lakes, its not a limitless resource. Its a resource that we depend on in the great lakes region to support our economy and our way of life.

That's Molly Flanagan of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. She says the agreement is called the Great Lakes Compact. It tightly restricts water withdrawals from the Great Lakes basin, and requires the surrounding states to closely monitor their water use.

Flanagan: The Great Lakes governors really wanted to make sure that it was a resource that was protected for our use today and for future generations.

CurrentCast. Produced with Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, supported by New York's Environmental Protection Fund and Sea Grant. Online at


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