Action needed on ballast water issue
Huron Daily Tribune
Published May 16, 2007
“Many businesses in our states, including boating, tourism and fishing depend on the health of our Great Lakes, which is threatened by discharges of biological pollution from ballast water.”
Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry.
Cherry, chairman of the Great Lakes Commission, made that comment in a statement he issued. And he couldn’t be more right. That’s why the commission’s efforts to have ballast water legislation adopted is so important.
Ballast water legislation is the commission’s top priority right now, and rightly so. Ballast water is believed to be the source for some of our most menacing invasive species, such as zebra mussels. According to the Associated Press, eight commission member states, including Michigan, are calling for federal water treatment regulations. Our state has ballast water regulations. Others are considering such measures. But a cohesive approach is not only desirable, it is necessary to achieve the optimum results in caring for the Great Lakes.
We applaud the commission’s efforts and urge legislators to not only take note, but to take action. Standing on the sidelines will only ensure our population of 183 invasive species grows and the health of the Great Lakes deteriorates. And that’s not something any of us can afford.