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E-M:/ Perrier and WRDA

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To view the letters Attorney General Jennifer Granholm sent to Governor Engler, Reps. Dennis and O'Neil, and Senator Dingell go to http://www.ag.state.mi.us/ and click on "Press Release". These letters address whether a private company's (Perrier) proposal to pump and bottle groundwater from a spring in Mecosta County is subject to the provisions of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (WRDA).

Please send a letter to each of the seven Great Lakes Basin Governors and the two Canadian Premiers about your concerns and the concerns of the people in Michigan have with diversion of water and the stand Governor Engler has taken. The following points can be used, plus anything from the letter to the Governor or research you have read. (The addresses are included in the email).

Include in your letter a copy of the letter AG Granholm sent to Gov. Engler. We need to keep this critical water issue in front of all political leaders.Your state and US legislators need to hear your concerns again. Thank you for your help and continued support

1. The Water Resource Development Act states that water cannot be diverted or exported from tributaries that feed the Great Lakes. Perrier has shown a reduction of stream flow in order to comply with the FDA and label their product as spring water. Any reduction; 10%, 25%, etc to the stream is that much water that is diverted from getting to the Great Lakes.

2. Yes, many other products are made with water, BUT this water is not in an inclusive aquifer; it feeds tributaries that affect other elements.

3. Any water that normally would flow to the Great Lakes is being REMOVED (or diverted to a pipeline), and therefore reduces the flow. 

4. Gov. Engler has been very vocal in telling New York, Pennsylvania, and Canada that they could not sell their water. Engler also told a small town in Indiana that they could not tap into the Great lakes Basin water for their needs. However, Enlger has been mute on the water that a foreign owned company plans on taking out of Michigan. WHY? 

WI: Gov. Scott McCallum 115 E. State Capital Madison, WI 53702 wisgov@gov.state.wi.us 608-266-1212

MN: Gov. Jesse Ventura 130 State Capital-75 Constitution Ave. St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-2089 www.governor.state.mn.us and click to contact

OH: Bob Taft 30th Floor-77 South High St. Columbus, OH 43215-6117 Governor.Taft@das.state.oh.us  

IN: Gov. Frank O'Bannon Office of the Governor-State House 206 State House Indianapolis, IN 46204-272797 fobannon@state.in.us 317-232-3443

IL: Gov. George H. Ryan Office of the Governor - 207 Statehouse Springfield, IL 62706 governor@state.IL.us 217-544-4049

PA: Gov. Tom Ridge 225 Main Capital Harrisburg, PA 17120 Click on Governor's email from www.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Governors/organization.htm  

NY: Gov. George E. Pataki State Capital Albany, NY 12224 gov.patacki@chamber.state.ny.us

MI: Gov. John Engler State Capital - PO Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909 www.michigan.gov/gov to contact the governor 

Honorable Michael Harris
Premier of Ontario
Room 281, Legislative Building, M74 1A1
1-374 Fraser Street
North Bay ON P1B 3W7
(keep in mind this is French so it is not misspelled!)

Honourable Bernard Landry

Premier of Quebec
Office of the Premier
885 Grande - Allee Est
Quebec, Quebec
G1A 1A2

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