“People around the Great Lakes region rely on that water, and they should have a say in whether or not it stays in the lakes.”
A Call-Out from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a Great Lakes-wide citizens advocacy group
Posted October 3rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
The Great Lakes are huge — and hugely important to the region — but their water is not unlimited. If we’re not careful, they could go away.
Proposals to divert water outside of the Great Lakes are hotly debated around the region. As they should be! The public should have plenty of opportunities to weigh in as regional leaders assess them. Tell Great Lakes leaders to provide more options for formal public input when evaluating water diversion proposals.
The Great Lakes Compact is a binational agreement that bans diversions of Great Lakes water outside the basin, with limited exceptions. For example, Waukesha, Wisconsin applied for Lake Michigan water because it straddles the Great Lakes basin divide.
Regional leaders spent years reviewing and refining Waukesha’s proposal. Unfortunately, people around the lakes didn’t have enough formal opportunities to share their views.
Now, regional leaders are taking a look at their water diversion review process. From Waukesha’s diversion to major industrial proposals like the Foxconn plant, it’s clear that requests for Great Lakes water will keep popping up. People around the region rely on that water, and they should have a say in whether or not it stays in the lakes.
The public must have a stronger voice in protecting Great Lakes water.
Read then click on the following. Take a minute today to tell Great Lakes leaders to add more opportunities for formal public comment when considering proposals to divert Great Lakes water.
Molly Flanagan, Vice President for Policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes
About the Alliance for the Great Lakes – The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.
Our staff are headquartered in Chicago, with field offices in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Muskegon (Mich.), and Milwaukee. Our Board of Directors represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.
For more information on the Alliance for the Great Lakes, click on its website at – https://greatlakes.org/ .
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