Editorial: Accord is great for Great
The News-Herald (OH)
Published November 29, 2005
Northeast Ohio rests next to one of the most precious
resources in the world: Fresh water. So when officials
from eight states, including Ohio, and two Canadian provinces
reached agreement aimed at preventing outsiders from raiding
Great Lake water, it likely went largely unnoticed.
The pact was motivated by fears that states in the southwest
U.S., with larger populations, but with arid climates,
will try tapping into the lakes. The Great Lakes hold
90 percent of the nation's fresh water.
To underscore the importance of fresh water, some West
Coast cities are debating the merits of recycling toilet
water for drinking water.
That should help area residents understand the importance
of Lake Erie, a key resource for recreation, commerce
and drinking water in this region.
Governors and premiers are expected to sign the agreement
Dec. 13. State legislatures and Congress will be asked
to approve the agreement and establish a binding compact.
Lawmakers in both nations should not hesitate to confirm