Mar 20, 2008 — Even before he took the oath of office, one of David Patterson's first actions as Governor was to sign the Great Lakes Compact. The compact is a comprehensive plan to prevent water diversions out of the Great Lakes basin. All eight Great Lakes states AND Congress have to ratify the compact before it can become law. New York joins Minnesota, Indiana, and Illinois as the first states to ratify it. Peter Annin is the author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, a narrative history of water diversions in the Great Lakes and of the compact itself. He told David Sommerstein that most people think of the parched Southwest when they think of water being piped out of the region.