Effort To Make Small Lake 'Great' Stalls

CLEVELAND (AP) - A hometown effort in Michigan to have little Lake St. Clair designated as a sixth Great Lake stalled Tuesday amid opposition from other members of the Great Lakes Commission.

There was no resolution on the issue offered to members and it was unlikely to be submitted by Tuesday's end of the two-day meeting, commission spokeswoman Christine Manninen said.

Bill Smith of Macomb County, Mich., a Lake St. Clair backer, turned aside a question whether it was a setback.

"More work needs to be done" to gain Great Lakes designation for Lake St. Clair, he said.

Donald Vonnahme of Springfield, Ill., said a Great Lakes designation for Lake St. Clair would be inconsistent with history. He said the lake doesn't need such a designation to qualify for federal cleanup funds.

The Great Lakes are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. Lake St. Clair connects Huron and Erie.

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