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Ohio Approves Great Lakes Compact

Ohio lawmakers Tuesday moved to make the state the sixth to approve an agreement aimed at protecting the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Compact is a framework between eight states and two Canadian provinces. It would prevent most diversions of water from the lakes' basin to arid states in the South and Southwest.

Ohio had been a major obstacle to the pact because of a disagreement over whether the plan would inadvertently violate property rights for groundwater on privately owned land.

Two more states are considering the compact.