September 23, 2008
Emily Green, Great
Lakes Program Director, (608) 257-4994
Melissa Damaschke, Great Lakes
Representative – Michigan,
U.S. House Approves Great Lakes
Applauds Congress in Protecting a National Treasure
MI – Today, the Sierra Club applauds the
U.S. House of Representatives for approving the Great
Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources
The Compact is an
eight-state water management agreement between Illinois,
Minnesota, New York,
It protects the nation’s largest fresh surface water resource from
diversions outside of the Great
It also sets clear limits on who
can have access to Great Lakes water, sets standards for those taking water
from the Lakes, and calls for water conservation throughout the Great Lakes’ region.
The U.S. Senate approved
the Compact in early August. After today’s approval in the U.S.
House of Representatives, the Compact will go to President Bush’s desk
for his signature. The President has already indicated his support of the
“Today, we applaud
Congress for their commitment in protecting the Great
Lakes for the benefit of future generations. Their
leadership has given us a rare opportunity to ensure that our Great
Lakes, one of the natural wonders of the world, will not be sold
to the highest bidder,” said Emily Green, Director of Sierra Club’s
Great Lakes Program.
Because the Great Lakes
are so intricately tied to the region’s economy and house a diversity of
species, ecosystems, and natural resources, protecting the Great
Lakes from future water diversions and overuse will ensure the
sustainability of this precious resource for future generations.
Great Lakes, one of America’s
national treasures, from diversion and unsustainable use will ensure that these
waters are available to support and sustain future generations, protecting
human communities against the adverse effects of climate change,” said
Melissa Damaschke, Representative for Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Program.
For more information on
Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Program, go to www.sierraclub.org/greatlakes.
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we will keep the Great Lakes GREAT!