Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

December 22, 2006

Jack Lessenberry: we need to figure out how much water is safe to pump out of the Great Lakes basin

Jack Lessenberry sums up my opinion concisely in this essay called Bottled Policy:

… the United States and Canada need to see our water resources as a vast international public treasure. Michigan’s courts have been squabbling for years over bottled water. They’ve been fighting over whether Nestle has the right to pump water and, if so, how much.

But that is not where we should begin to consider this issue. What we need to do first is figure out how much water it is ecologically safe to pump out of the Great Lakes basin. Only then should we get around to deciding who gets to pump what and when.

Seems to me this should be done as part of a national summit conference involving the United States and Canada, to be followed by agreements between the several states and provinces. That is not to imply I have anything against anyone making money by bottling and selling our water. As long as it is safe to do so.

Jack’s sensible viewpoint is NOT what’s in the The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact making its way through the legislative process.

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