Tougher rules on ballast water for St Lawrence traffic debated
The state of New York has brought in tougher rules to prevent invasive species from entering the waterways of the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes. Coming into effect in two years, they would essentially require ships coming into New York waters to have onboard water treatment systems and show that they have extremely low levels of organisms in ballast water that could include invasive species.
Since all traffice headed into the Great Lakes has to pass through locks in New York, these new rules would essentially apply to all traffic coming through the St. Lawrence.
Jennifer Caddick is the executive director of Save the River in Clayton, New York. She explains what the current rules are right now on washing out ballast water. Caddick also explains why she supports these new rules.
Bruce Bowie is the president of the Canadian Shipowners Association. He believes the rules are too tough and not necessarily effective.