Bob Taft commentary: Wisconsin city puts Great Lakes compact to the test

The Columbus Dispatch, April 21, 2016
Author: Bob Taft

I am proud that the Compact put the Great Lakes region on the right path to address the challenges of protecting the lakes and solving water disputes. But it requires that each state and province take this responsibility seriously and that they get this decision right.

Our water is precious, and it is up to us to protect it. Even as we focus on the immediate task of evaluating and making a decision on the Waukesha application, we must remember that water conflicts are mounting around the world and here at home. The Great Lakes governors and premiers have the opportunity right now to ensure the lakes are protected for today and tomorrow. It is a solemn responsibility.

I urge each to take this duty seriously and make a decision for the good of the Great Lakes.