Likely Michigan voters back Great
Lakes water curb
Nearly four of every five Michigan residents likely to
vote in November support Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's
proposal to curb Great Lakes water withdrawals, according
to the results of a National Wildlife Federation poll
The poll showed 79 percent of the likely voters support
the proposed legislation, the Michigan Water Legacy Act.
Sixty-five percent said they strongly support the act,
with support strongest among Republicans and independents,
the environmental group said.
The proposal, not on the ballot but being considered
by the legislature, would regulate withdrawals in excess
of two million gallons a day or 100 million gallons a
year from the Great Lakes, inland lakes, streams, or underground
wells. If approved, it would force Michigan to live up
to commitments it made in the 1985 Great Lakes Charter
agreement with other states in the region, such as registering
all major water users.
Approval of Ms. Granholm's initiative is seen by some
groups as a step toward getting other states this year
to finalize an agreement they made in principle in 2001
to curb Great Lakes diversions and bulk withdrawals. That
effort is being led by Gov. Bob Taft, chairman of the
Great Lakes Council of Governors.