The Waukesha water diversion precedent should not proceed

The Manitoulin Expositor, April 6, 2016
Author: The Expositor Staff

The southwestern US may have its water problems but, in our own case in this region of the continent, there is every expectation that our Ontario and US Midwestern urban communities will continue to grow and require water, not to mention the important agricultural lands of southern, southwestern Ontario and that part of eastern Ontario that is not part of the Ottawa watershed.

In fact, in this province, we have to go almost as far north as Timmins before we encounter rivers that do not constitute part of the Great Lakes Basin watershed.

That’s a lot of Northern water helping to constantly replenish Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior, but, while there may be a lot of fresh water in the Great Lakes—an identifiable portion of the world’s entire supply is in fact located in these fine water bodies—and despite the flow running into Lake Superior and Lake Huron from the vast Northern wilderness south of the Arctic watershed, the bulk of the water residing in the Great Lakes remains a finite legacy of glacial deposits in its origin.