Dems after Lakes action
By Marjory Raymer
The Flint Journal First Edition
Published July 12, 2004
Local Democrats today plan to call for protection of the
Great Lakes and guard against draining their waters.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm earlier urged lawmakers to take
action on two bills called the "Water Legacy Act."
The legislation would govern water use and Michigan the
legal framework to oppose water diversion to other states,
House Democrats said.
Democratic lawmakers including Reps. Brenda Clack of
Flint, John J. Gleason of Flushing and Jack D. Minore
of Flint were among those expected to present the governor
with pledges from the Michigan League of Conservation
Voters stating their support for the proposed Water Legacy
The bills in the House and Senate were introduced in March.
Democrats complained the proposals have not yet had a
hearing before the Republican-controlled Legislature.
"It's time for action," Minore said in a prepared
statement. "If (the) Republican majority continues
to block our efforts, then we'll go straight to the people
of Michigan. We won't let partisan politics stop us from
protecting Michigan's water."
After presenting pledges to the governor, Democratic
lawmakers from across the state were expected to promote
the legislation at press conferences in their local communities.
Local lawmakers were to discuss the issue at a press
conference at 1 p.m. today at the Flint Water Treatment
"The risk to Michigan's fresh water supply is greater
today than ever before," Gleason said. "It is
crucial that we implement a strategy to manage our precious
Diversion of Great Lakes water has long been a hot button
political issue, with lawmakers debating whether the issue
is best handled at the state or federal level.
Granholm also made protection of the Great Lakes a prominent
part of her campaign for governor in 2002.