As I have travelled across the province this summer I have been hearing huge concerns about the current DO NOTHING approach to falling water levels on the Great Lakes. The laissez-faire response to this critical issue is unacceptable. From Georgian Bay to Killarney to Manitoulin, people have been telling me how frustrated they are that their concerns about Great Lakes water levels seem to be falling on deaf ears.
The International Joint Commission (IJC) is accepting public input until August 31st on their report entitled Lake Superior Regulation: Addressing Uncertainty in Upper Great Lakes Water Levels and its recommendations to the Canadian and United States governments. For everyone who is concerned about this critical issue it is very important to make your voice heard before the deadline as the report currently recommends no significant action to restore the water levels in Lake Huron/Michigan and Georgian Bay.
Good public policy needs good public input! Please send an email or a letter to the IJC expressing your concerns before this Friday.
International Joint Commission
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6
It should also be sent to The Hon. John Baird, the Minister responsible for the IJC:
This interesting article appeared in the Globe and Mail of August 25th: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/why-the-lakes-are-slowly-getting-less-great/article4499074/
Letter from Internation Joint Commission Canada and United States – The response to my letter to the IJC, dated January 15, 2013.