New legislation could mean tougher measures to protect Canada’s massive stores of fresh water, particularly for prohibitions on bulk water removal on rivers that cross into the United States. If passed, the law would create new powers of inspection and introduce fines of up to $6 million CDN for companies that try to export and sell water, reports Reuters.

It is estimated that Canada is home to one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply, most of it in the Great Lakes system.

“We are strengthening our resolve to make sure that there are no exports of bulk water that take place,” says Lawrence Cannon, Foreign Affairs Minister.

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