Voice of the People
The status quo is killing the Great Lakes: The introduction of exotic
species and pathogens from the ballast water of commercial ships is slowly
killing the Great Lakes and costing billions to local economies. Once here,
they can not be eliminated and then spread inland.
The State of Michigan has shown leadership by implementing laws to regulate
ballast water from ocean-going vessels, when the US and Canadian federal
governments failed to do so. Other Great Lakes states are considering similar
The USEPA is hiding behind a lawsuit, delaying any action on their part. So,
while the they scratch their heads, a new species is found every 6-8 months
in the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes states and provinces should continue to act independently.
They must mandate treatment of the ballast water of Great Lakes ships as well
as foreign ships. “Lakers” are responsible for the spread of undesirable
species from lake to lake and spreading a devastating virus, VHS, through the
Lakes. The technology to treat the ballast water is available; the only thing
missing is the incentive. This should come from the states.
A moratorium on foreign ships entering the Great Lakes should be implemented
until they are required to treat 100% of their ballast water. We cannot
afford the negative impacts to the Great Lakes ecology and economies.