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Great Lakes Compact takes effect Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A multistate treaty to limit use of Great Lakes water goes into effect Monday.

The Great Lakes Compact generally bars large-scale, long-distance withdrawals from the lakes. But, it includes exceptions for communities near the lakes.

The compact also directs the Great Lake states to develop water conservation programs.

Beginning Monday, anyone in the Wisconsin lakes basin with the capacity to pull an average of more than 100,000 gallons of lake water a day must register with the state. Mostly, that includes power plants, large manufacturers, municipal water systems and large farm irrigation systems.

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