Lake Erie Remains Vulnerable

Lake Erie remains vulnerable. “COVID-19 is a tragic event but my hope is that it is getting people to think about what they want the world to look like when we come out of this. Change can be slow but this pandemic has made us shift pretty quickly. We are capable of change.” – Raj Gill, Great Lakes Program Director, Canadian Fresh Water Alliance.  As the world has been adapting to the abrupt life changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust upon us, governments scramble to enforce legislation and restrictions for the health and safety of their citizens. At the same time, the protection of Lake Erie, the survival of the lake’s ecosystems and the source of drinking water for people in Canada and the United States are issues that are quickly becoming grave concerns as officials refocus priorities.Those concerns are mounting as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws.Companies need not meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak. A Memorandum dated March 26, 2020, from Susan Parker Bodine (Assistant Administrator For Enforcement and Compliance Assurance) states, “companies should try to minimize the effects and duration of any noncompliance with environmental laws and should keep records of their own noncompliance with identifying how the coronavirus was a factor.”

WaterToday spoke with Markie Miller who together with a group of volunteers called Toledans For Safe Water (TFSW) was instrumental in establishing LEBOR (Lake Erie Bill of Rights)

“Today there are no protections in place for Lake Erie and the people who rely on her for drinking water.” – Markie Miller, Toledans For Safe Water

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