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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Representatives of Great Lakes states and provinces have given preliminary approval to a precedent-setting request by a Wisconsin city to draw water from Lake Michigan.

The regional group agreed that the water diversion application by the city of Waukesha complies with a Great Lakes protection compact if certain conditions are met, including an average limit of 8.2 million gallons a day.

The group includes eight states and two Canadian provinces. Minnesota abstained from voting during a conference call Wednesday.

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - The ferry connecting Wisconsin and Michigan has received an overhaul in anticipation of its 13th season.

MLive.com reports that Lake Express' 12-year-old ship had its bridge and command center overhauled in the offseason, improving its radar and navigation capabilities.

The Lake Express crosses Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan. The trip at about 40 mph takes about 2 1/2 hours. The ferry will make two trips per day through June 14, then up the number of trips to three through Sept. 5.

A push for expanded access to water from the Great Lakes is at a key point as a regional regulating group meets in Chicago this week to consider a request from a Milwaukee suburb to draw from Lake Michigan.

The upcoming recommendation from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body regarding Waukesha's appeal could have major implications for future requests from other cities that might want to tap into the Great Lakes. Environmental groups opposed to the access request have lined up to push back.

Is water diversion Waukesha’s only option?

WGVU takes a closer look at the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact legal requirements?

“The Great Lakes Compact consists as an agreement of the eight Great Lakes states that prevents large exports of water outside of the basin.”

But as Alan Steinman, Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University points out there were two exceptions placed within the compact one of which allows Waukesha, which straddles the basin, to apply for an exemption.

Michigan officials say they'll carefully study a request by the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, to use Lake Michigan for its drinking water.

Waukesha's groundwater aquifer is contaminated and the city of 70,000 is under court order to develop a clean source.

It has proposed diverting water from Lake Michigan, which is only 15 miles away.

But Waukesha is just outside the lake's watershed, so a regional compact requires it to get permission from the eight states in the Great Lakes region to draw the water.