Great Lakes steward lets down public
Editorial in Port Huron Times Herald, February 18, 2011
The International Joint Commission, which oversees the boundary waters on the U.S.-Canadian border, has thrown away its credibility. It no longer can be trusted.
In an outrageous display of poor judgment, the IJC has been circulating an "article" about Lake Michigan property owners and their opposition to the idea of restoring the St. Clair River to its natural flow.
The IJC would have us believe this was an impartial article based on unsolicited comments. We have learned otherwise, thanks to superb reporting by Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one of the finest environmental reporters in the Great Lakes region.
As it turns out, the IJC bought and paid for the article with government funds. The public comments it quoted, far from unsolicited, were requested by a prominent member of an IJC advisory board.