Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

February 18, 2007

Great Lakes Agreement may not go far enough

Filed under: Great Lakes Agreements,Great Lakes Compact — nemo @ 6:12 pm

Great Lakes legislation stirs controversy:

Legislation to protect Great Lakes water from being siphoned to jurisdictions not immediately surrounding the lakes is being finalized by Ontario, Quebec and eight U.S. states.

Intra-basin diversions, the legal transfer of Great Lakes water as long as it stays within the Great Lakes Basin, are not adequately addressed in the agreement, said Robert Wright, a lawyer with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund.

In a written submission to the Ontario government, Sierra argued that intra-basin transfers should only be allowed when there is an equal return flow of water to the original source.

Ontario is still working on the specifics it wants in its legislation, but Minister of Natural Resources David Ramsay said he doesn’t believe intra-basin transfers need to be outlawed.

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