Thirsty 'Big Brother' the U.S. finally go's after the Great Lakes. (WN).
The Mayor of Leamington, Ont. is calling the recently-approved plan to draw water from Lake Michigan the "wrong decision." On Tuesday, a group of eight U.S. officials voted to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin town to begin drawing 30 million litres of water a day from the lake for drinking water.
Mayor John Paterson immediately took to Twitter to voice his discontent, calling the recent decision "the end of the Great Lakes as we know them."
"This should not be allowed," he told the CBC.@GLSLcities This signals the end of the Great Lakes as we know them. The door has now been opened by irresponsible US government officials.— Mayor John Paterson (@LeamingtonGuy) June 21, 2016
"I'm really disappointed it happened. That was unexpected. I actually thought the governor of Michigan was going to side with us. He even bailed."
Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada.@GLSLcities Next in line? California??? Heck, let's just drain the entire basin and pollute the Root River as well. Bad move all around.— Mayor John Paterson (@LeamingtonGuy) June 21, 2016
Meanwhile, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, defended his in-favour vote, arguing the initiative is "the best way to conserve" Lake Michigan.
According to a statement on Gov. Snyder's website, the agreement will require the city to follow strict withdrawal conditions, which include:
- Ensuring close to 100 percent of the water borrowed is restored to the lake
- Implementing a pharmaceuticals and personal care products recycling program for the returned water
- Protecting wetland habitats, and
- Conducting environmental monitoring with mandatory reporting.
The Waukesha decision will help keep water in the Great Lakes --> https://t.co/KH2WewzMvy | https://t.co/VLBSu3MJ2p— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) June 21, 2016