According to Government Relations Department Manager Matt Smego, the bill conflicts with the organization’s member-developed policy that opposes any attempt to turn water into a commodity.
“Our policy on water use has for years reflected our farmer members’ sentiment that our state’s waters are a unique resources that should be utilized in a responsible manner and protected for future generations and the future of Michigan agriculture,” Smego said.
That philosophy, he explained, was part of the impetus behind MFB’s support for creating the Great Lakes Compact in 2008. Developed by Michigan, the seven other Great Lakes states, and Ontario, the Compact’s purpose is to prevent Great Lakes water diversions.
“The Compact was founded on the premise that water is an essential resource to our ecology and this legislation undermines that,” Smego added.