Marine conservation area step closer
Thunder Bay News Source
Posted November 24, 2005
A major step forward Wednesday in efforts to establish
a National Marine Conservation Area on Lake Superior.
It comes with the signing of an agreement in principal
for the future transfer of the lake bed and lands in the
designated area, from the province to federal control.
The proposed Marine Conservation Area would cover the
area from Thunder Cape at the tip of the Sleeping Giant
to Bottle Point, just east of Terrace Bay.
When it's finally created, it will become the largest
such conservation area in Canada. The two senior levels
of government will now work on details of a final agreement
to protect the designated water and lands. Those discussions
will include First Nations in the region on their role
in the management and operation of the Conservation area.
Last Friday, a draft deal between provinces and states
bordering the Great Lakes has been reached, that will
regulate how water from the lakes is used and details
of the deal were made public Wednesday.
If approved it would ban large scale diversions from
the lakes but permit withdrawals by the bottled-water
industry and for other purposes. The bottom line is the
deal would allow projects that withdraw less than nineteen
million litres of water a day. Critics say that will clear
the way for major water exports in the form of bottled