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Expert: Fish Virus a Wake-Up Call to Protect Wisconsin Waterway

June 7, 2007

The Great Lakes and inland waters are a valuable economic resource for Wisconsin, but speaking today at the State Capitol, John Austin with the Brookings Institution says with tourism, fishing, and recreation, Wisconsin has a huge economic stake in the well-being of the Great Lakes and inland waterways.

"Chemical pollutants or fish viruses are important challenges for us to work on in order to capitalize on this incredibly globally unique environment that we have."

Austin believes full federal funding of a Great Lakes protection plan would go a long way to preserve the lakes' economic value for Wisconsin. That plan would help treat wastewater, clean up existing pollution, and fight invasive species.

"Not many places on Earth have that opportunity, and we should shepherd and steward and nurture this asset."

Austin says preserving the lakes and inland waters is an important quality-of-life issue for Wisconsinites, and that has an impact on the housing market and local economies.

"It's a non-starter in terms of people wanting to live and work in a beautiful place if the beaches are closed, the rivers too polluted to fish in or to kayak or canoe in."

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WI