St. Lawrence Seaway study should
continue, as ordered
The Bay City Times
An environmentalists' report blasting a U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers study has us wondering what all the fuss
The study, which Congress commissioned in 1999 to look
at what it would cost to maintain the St. Lawrence Seaway
and to possibly expand the Seaway, could result in an
"ecological disaster," the environmentalists'
The National Wildlife Federation and Taxpayers for Common
Sense want the Corps to keep the study focused just on
maintaining the aging system of locks and channels for
the next 50 years.
That's exactly what the Corps decided to do several years
ago. The Corps might later opt to expand the study with
an eye toward Seaway improvements.
The environmentalists, however, are adamantly against
looking at what it would take to expand the Seaway.
Chill. It's just a study.
And we who live on the shores of these Great Lakes are
interested in seeing what it will take to maintain the
Seaway and the pros and cons of expanding it for more
We are intimately aware of the hazards of stirring up
contaminated silt through dredging and of polluting our
waters with foreign species, like the zebra mussel.
With some of the Seaway's locks reaching 70 years of
age, it makes sense to see what it will take to ensure
that shipping continues on the Great Lakes.
And what it would cost, in both dollars and cents, and
fins and feathers.