Great Lakes Protection
Great Lakes are a precious resource
The Great Lakes are one of our most unique and precious resources,
providing freshwater for 33 million of people that live within
the Basin and supporting the region’s ecosystem and
economy. The Great Lakes Basin contains nearly 20 percent
of the earth’s fresh surface water. It is the only freshwater
system of its kind in size and ecological diversity and is
essential to humans and wildlife alike; providing homes, food,
recreation, and economic sustainability.
Lake Erie is vitally important to Ohio’s environment
and economy. The lake is a center of commerce and industry,
supporting agriculture, shipping, heavy manufacturing, and
electricity generation. It supplies drinking water to 11 million
people, 3 million of whom live in Ohio. Lake Erie supports
the largest sport fishery in the Great Lakes and the one of
the largest commercial freshwater fisheries in the world,
underpinning a $1 billion sport fishing industry. Lake Erie
generates $8.5 billion dollars annually from fishing, tourism
and travel revenue. Lake Erie is a resource worth protecting
and improving, and it is clear that we need our water here
at home where it can support our way of life.
The Great Lakes are at Risk
The Great Lakes are vulnerable to depletion and degradation.
The Great Lakes are a vast resource, but each year rainfall
and snowmelt replenish only about one percent of the water
in the basin. The other 99 percent is finite and nonrenewable.
That fact coupled with a growing demand for water by domestic
users-including utilities, agriculture, manufacturers, and
housing --and proposals to export water to other parts of
the U.S. and to foreign countries, is cause for concerns about
the Great Lakes’ future. Current laws are not strong
enough to protect the Great Lakes. Great Lakes leaders have
a responsibility to keep the region’s freshwater resources
safe for future generations.
We Know How to Fix Them:
Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact
After nearly five years of negotiations, the Great Lakes Governors
have endorsed precedent-setting agreements to protect and
conserve the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River
Basin Water Resources Compact implements the Great Lakes Charter
Annex signed by the parties in 2001. The Compact provides
for comprehensive water use protections throughout the Great
Lakes basin. If the Compact is ratified by all eight Great
Lakes states and approved by Congress, it will become legally
enforceable. That enforceability is what sets this agreement
apart from other Great Lakes agreements.
The proposed agreements would protect the Great Lakes from
harm by implementing a strong and effective water management
program. These agreements close the door on diversions to
places like the Middle East and the arid Southwest US, but
they also put our own house in order by protecting us from
unwise water use in the basin. Importantly, the Compact allows
the Great Lakes states to maintain control over Great Lakes
water in the face of growing demand from across the nation
and the world. The Compact guarantees the long-term protection
and sound management of Great Lakes water, ensuring that they
are protected for generations to come.
has introduced legislation that would allow it to become the
first state to ratify the Great Lakes Compact!!
can view the ratifying legislation HB
574 and SB
to view the testimony that Audubon Ohio Volunteer
Robin Mullet presented before the Ohio Senate Environment
and Natural Resources Committee on behalf of this legislation.
to find out how to contact your state legislator.
For more information go to: www.cglg.org
here for a fact sheet
The Great Lakes Restoration
A coalition of federal agencies, governors, mayors, Congress
and state agencies have undertaken the most comprehensive
planning in the history of the Great Lakes. They came together
to form the Great Lakes Regional Collaborative (GLRC) which
released the Great Lakes Restoration Plan in December 2005.
This plan identifies the many challenges the Great Lakes faces
and prioritizes how to fix them. It deserves full support
and funding at the national and state level. A bill was recently
introduced in Congress to implement the key provisions of
the plan called the Great Lakes
Collaborative Implementation Act
For a fact sheet for the Restoration Plan click
Release from April 25th, 2006 - Audubon Ohio meets with
Senate President Harris and Speaker Husted
on Great Lakes
become a Great Lakes Guardian and volunteer on Audubon Ohio’s
campaign to protect and restore the Great Lakes please contact
Marnie Urso at firstname.lastname@example.org