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Ms. Butler was telling the class one day about Lake Michigan's unlimited resource of water supply, one of the top in the world, and the Chicagoans are the lucky recipients of that water. She also informed us that many people around the world are trying to get their hands on a vast water supply as that. Since several institutions and areas are trying to become environmentally friendly, they might be demanding water for the sake of their personal businesses and companies. Hopefully, that won't happen and businessmen won't start "buying" water bodies for the manufacture world. The state of Montana actually is prepared for that kind of act, if ever enforced, and it has a 36 year old Constitution Law to protect any water bodies within the border of the state.

To preserve what was created for the citizens of Montana, for the citizens, the environmental law basically says that all water bodies in Montana are the property of the government. Which means, it's all open to the public of Montana. The water body could be a little pond in someone's backyard or a stream going through a forest preserve, no matter what, it belongs to the state and it has the right to use it for present and future benefits which will be best of the citizens of Montana. The law has been extended since 1973 to other brief requirements when it comes to the water supply of Montana. Since time has brought many changes in people's needs and demands, Montana is facing some challenges to keep up these environmental laws

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I wonder if the other states of America have such laws to protect the natural resources. I've heard of places which preserve forests as their natural lands and other countries do so as well. My thought is that, most of the time people aren't able to be "green" by themselves, and that's where the governmental laws come in. Even though they are strict, it's for everyone's good.

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