Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Town Hall Meeting with State Representatives On Water Withdrawal and Export Issues

The Great Lakes Great Michigan Coalition will host a town hall meeting with local community leaders in Muskegon to help answer the question: "Who decides where our Great Lakes waters go?" on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 7pm. Panelists include Dr. Mark Luttenton of Grand Valley State University, Don Studaven, Blue Lake Township Supervisor and Cyndi Roper from Clean Water Action. Representatives Doug Bennett and Mary Valentine and Senator Gerald Van Woerkom will also weigh in on pending legislation in Lansing, and answer questions and concerns from participants.

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday January 24, 2008
State Representatives Doug Bennett, Mary Valentine and State Senator Gerald Van Woerkom
Muskegon Community College, Collegiate Hall, 221 South Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442
7:00 p.m.

1 comment:

bobdurivage said...

The Great Lakes contain much if not most of America's fresh water. It is not unlikely that drought-ridden states will be demanding a share. With global warming and our population continuing to grow, it won't be long before this happens. Being that we are a member state of the U.S., we should feel an obligation to share equitably.
HOWEVER, given the population growth of our country which, in my opinion, is well past sustainability, even if we distributed all the water of the Great Lakes it would not be enough to sustain the country.
If we want to solve the Great Lakes entitlement problem, we will have to solve our population problem. Until Americans are willing to admit that there is a population problem, our Great Lakes are doomed
Water conservation(no more hosing down our driveways or going to the car wash every week or taking 40 minute showers or soaking our lawns so we can cut them so we can water them so we can...), although it is vital, will not solve the entire problem.
We need to reduce the demand for water. We need to reduce our population.
Also, if we do not get proper federal funding to take care of our lakes, eventually what is left of them will be unsuitable for human consumption.
If we do not reduce our population by our own surgically humane hand, Mother Nature(or the new world order) will- tha hard way.