National Geographic is writing a comprehensive story on the debate over privatization of Great Lakes water, and they recently sent reporters to Duluth’s Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education (EAGLE) to get the scoop.
Lake Superior water may presently be public domain, but the bottling companies are pushing hard to privatize it and sell it. Lake Superior holds nearly half of the U.S. surface freshwater.
Although the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) mandates that all Great Lakes Governors must approve water exports out of the Great Lakes watershed, Perrier bottling company (now owned by Nestle) has successfully established a bottling plant in the state of Michigan. The plant will initially extract about 80 million gallons of Great Lakes ground water per year. It is evident from this example that WRDA legislation does not necessarily guarantee the protection of this resource.
Duluth’s Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education (EAGLE) has been preparing to launch a massive binational public education and citizen’s mobilization campaign around the entire Great Lakes, with the hopes of proactively fending off the impending privatization of this incredible freshwater resource. Petitioning and rallies will be held in cities all around the basin. To learn how you can get involved, go to www.eagle-ecosource.org or call the EAGLE office toll-free at (877)-264-4440.