Tell Your Governors and Premiers to say NO to setting a Dangerous Precedent for more than 40 million residents in the Great Lakes Basin
From Molly Flanagan, Alliance of the Great Lakes
Posted June 16th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
You’ve heard a lot from me over the past few months about Waukesha, Wisconsin (a community located in the Mississippi River Basin) and its plan to divert water from Lake Michigan for its own use.
The Great Lakes governors are meeting next Tuesday, June 21, to make a final decision on Waukesha’s request. Tell your governor to protect the lakes when considering Waukesha’s diversion request.
The Great Lakes Compact, supported by all eight Great Lakes states and signed into law in 2008 to protect the Great Lakes from large-scale diversions of water, was created for scenarios like this. The compact does allow very limited exceptions to its diversion ban. Waukesha is eligible to apply for Great Lakes water — but only if it has exhausted all available options. In essence, a diversion must be a last resort.
As the first test of the compact, Waukesha’s application will set a precedent for all future diversion requests under the compact.
However, there are a number of issues that need to be fixed in Waukesha’s proposal. Your governor has the opportunity to address these issues at the Compact Council meeting next Tuesday. Tell your governor to uphold the Great Lakes Compact.
Sincerely, Molly Flanagan Vice President, Policy
(A BRIEF NOTE TO READERS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC – Do a bit of googling for the contact information for the premiers and environment ministers of these provinces, and to the environment minister for Canada’s federal government and express your concern to them too. This matter has serious implications for Great Lakes residents in both countries!)
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