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E-M:/ NWF Testimony on Water Exports

Enviro-Mich message from "TONY DEFALCO" <DEFALCO@nwf.org>

Today in Washington, D.C., the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) presented testimony on the International Joint Commission's Interim Report to the U.S. and Canadian governments on consumptive uses of Great Lakes water.

While the report is commendable for its six-month moratorium on bulk removal of Great Lakes waters, NWF's testimony today criticized the report for sending the wrong message to the U.S. and Canadian Governments and for falling short in failing to include a much-needed conservation ethic in attempts to address consumptive uses.

NWF concurs with the conclusion in the report that there are not any active proposals for major diversion projects either into or out of the Basin at this present time; however, this conclusion sends the wrong message to the U.S. and Canadian Governments. Such proposals are likely to surface in the mid- to long-term future. 

NWF urged the IJC to advise the U.S. and Canada that dramatic changes are needed in the manner in which society and governments treat fresh water. These changes must be guided by a conservation ethic - a set of principles that permeate the way we manage, use and regulate all uses of fresh water. Instilling this conservation ethic will require major changes in the way that society views water.

For a copy of the testimony please e-mail Kathleen Eales at eales@nwf.org

Tony DeFalco, Lake Superior Project Organizer
National Wildlife Federation
506 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-3351
(734) 769-1449 (fax)
E-mail: defalco@nwf.org

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