The recent decision by eight U.S. governors to grant a small Wisconsin town access to the Great Lakes water basin has sparked concern about the precedent this may set for other thirsty towns and cities.
It also prompted a dire warning by at least one vocal Ontario mayor, who said extending access to the water basin threatens the future of this fresh water supply.
“If you open it up to one, how do you then deny it to, let’s say, the State of California, which is in a drought condition,” Leamington, Ont., Mayor John Paterson said . “If this continues, the Great Lakes won’t be very great anymore. They’ll be gone.”
Tasha Kheiriddin spoke with Mark Mattson, Founder and President at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, about the status of the Great Lakes.