Environmentalists are hoping legislators will ratify a Great Lakes Compact before adjourning for the year.
State Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) says the measure would protect water supplies. He says droughts nationwide have other states looking to the Great Lakes as a resource for their water needs. Miller says that's a "scary proposition" to think other states would want to pipe in the water. The Monona Democrat says the compact, negotiated by governors of the eight Great Lakes states, would prevent that from happening.
A legislative committee on Wednesday approved a version of the compact, which now heads to the full Senate.