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E-M:/ Michigan's unfulfilled water promises

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>

Michigan, as practically everyone knows, lags behind the other Great Lakes states in developing any sort of water policy. It lags, in large part, because of people like Russ Harding, the former DEQ director who just a few weeks ago penned an opinion piece for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that says Michigan doesn't lag in water protection policy. Harding's head-in-the-sand approach to water prompted him to pen other opinion pieces, including one that essentially said, "What? Michigan? Too little water for everyone? That's crazy talk,? as wells in different parts of the state continued to dry up because of localized overappropriation of aquifers.

Well, Michigan lags behind every state that has done something. No state ? except maybe that ultraprogressive lynchpin of the Great Lakes Indiana, which reportedly has a water conflict resolution process similar to one adopted by Michigan a couple of years ago (Indiana got there first) ? has done less than Michigan to uphold its 20-year-old promise to protect its water.


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