The issue of protecting Michigan's greatest natural resource, clean water, should, and for the most part does, cross political party lines. One would be hard pressed to find an elected official who would take a negative position concerning clean water. This is particularly true in a state that is guardian for the largest body of fresh water in the world.
There is, however, a significant difference between those who support efforts to eliminate pollutants and those who actually take action in that regard. U.S. Rep. Jim Barcia, D-Bay City, not only recognizes his responsibility to protect our water but also has actually gone beyond rhetoric and has done something about it.
In a very calculated and well thought out move, Barcia was able to increase federal clean water funds by $1.5 billion in a last minute deal on the last day of Congress. The citizens of Michigan owe Barcia a great deal for having the vision and dedication to the problems of water contamination in our state. Perhaps the remainder of the Michigan delegation will also recognize their responsibility.
Bob Patzer Executive Director AUC, Michigan's Heavy Construction Association