As the debate over the expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway continues, another New York politician has come out in opposition to the project. On July 25, 2003 Senator Hillary Clinton voiced her opposition to expanding the Saint Lawrence Seaway in a letter addressed to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Within the letter, Senator Clinton describes the risks associated with expanding the seaway and asserts how detrimental expansion would be to the Great Lakes ecosystem and costal habitats, as well as the region’s tourism industry.
In order to maintain the ecological integrity of the Great Lakes Region, Senator Clinton requested that the Great Lakes Navigation Study be “conducted in a balanced manner,” and that “any such study be limited to the existing configuration of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway.” Although Senator Clinton is against expansion of the Seaway, she does support funding for a study that would “properly balance environmental and commercial concerns for the Great Lakes region.” By limiting the study to the existing Great Lakes configuration, Senator Clinton contends that in addition to preserving the valuable aquatic habitats that currently exist in the Great Lakes Region, billions of taxpayer’s dollars would be saved.
For more information on the status of the Great Lakes Navigation System Study contact Karen De Vito at firstname.lastname@example.org