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).
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 support1. 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 email@example.com 608-266-1212
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