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Critics: Ohio Senate Plan Would “Sink” Great Lakes Agreement

February 18, 2008

Columbus, OH – A plan to protect the Great Lakes could be "watered down," under a proposal in the Ohio State Senate. Eight states are involved in the Great Lakes Compact, which is designed to keep water from being diverted from the lakes. Now, state Senate leaders have joined Wisconsin State Assembly members in trying to change the compact.

They believe it should be easier for local communities outside the Lakes' basin to divert water from the Lakes. But Molly Flanagan with the National Wildlife Federation says it's a change that would do a lot of damage.

"This is a short-sighted move that places the special interests of a few over the water security needs of millions of citizens across the Great Lakes, and the economic vitality of the region."

Mike Eckhardt, with the Ohio League of Conservation Voters says a delay is something that Ohio just can't afford delays in the Great Lakes Compact. He explains that the compact must pass soon, so that Congress can ratify it, and the sooner the better. He believes that, if Midwestern states lose Congressional seats to the thirsty desert Southwest after the next U.S. Census, the Lakes will be in trouble.

"With lake levels dropping as they are already, if we to start to shift the water to other places, the Great Lakes will no longer be the Great Lakes."

The governors of Ohio and Wisconsin have agreed to the compact as it stands, and may not support the changes. The proposed changes could be roadblocks, however, that would delay ratification of the compact.

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH