Federation Launches Initiative
to Save Great Lakes Water
The Lake Michigan Federation
Posted on 09/27/2002
The Lake Michigan Federation, the oldest
citizens' Great Lakes group on the continent, is initiating
a major project to promote smart water use into the next
century and beyond.
"Every time you look out across the vast
expanses of the Great Lakes it's easy to be tricked into
thinking that they go on forever," said Gary Ballesteros,
vice president of the Federation's board of directors
in announcing the grant. "Nothing could be further from
the truth. We need to use their waters with more care
if they're to continue to provide drinking water, habitat,
and a priceless quality of life for the region."
According to the International Joint Commission,
a U.S.-Canada advisory body, less than 1 percent of Great
Lakes water is renewed every year through rain, snowmelt,
The project will define how Great Lakes
ecosystem health can be restored through more efficient
water use. The project starts this summer as a collaborative
effort by the Federation, West Shore Water Producers Association,
Council of Great Lakes Industries, and Policy Solutions,
a policy consulting firm in Chicago.
The project is supported by the Great Lakes
Protection Fund. Based in Evanston, Illinois, the Fund
is a private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1989 by
the Governors of the Great Lakes States. It is a permanent
environmental endowment that supports collaborative actions
to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
For more information about the project,
contact Cheryl Mendoza, project manager on the Federation's
staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org.