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Could it happen here?
Petoskey News-Review (2/5)
An ample supply of water that is safe for consumption, much like other everyday essential commodities such as electricity, is something most people take for granted — until it's not available.

Ford plant's toxic groundwater plume creeping toward neighborhood
MLive (2/4)
Ford Motor Co. will be pulling groundwater samples from a residential neighborhood adjacent to its Livonia, Mich., transmission plant next week in an effort to discover how far a toxic pollution plume has spread from its facility.

Ottawa must spend more to ensure health of Great Lakes, report says
The Globe and Mail (1/19)
The Liberal government needs to boost spending on water infrastructure and assessment of groundwater resources to ensure the health of the Great Lakes, as they face threats from climate change and unsustainable use, the International Joint Commission urged.

Great Lakes governors weigh WI city’s request for Lake Michigan water
WKAR - East Lansing, MI (1/12)
Governors of the eight Great Lakes States will soon have to decide whether or not to allow the city of Waukesha, Wis., to start drawing its water from Lake Michigan.

Protection plan for Grand approved
The expositor (12/9)
After nine years of studies and public meetings, the Ministry of the Environment has approved a source protection strategy for ground water across the Grand River watershed, in Ontario.

Western Springs residents share frustrations over water quality
Chicago Tribune (11/30)
Residents have been frustrated with the water quality in Western Springs, Ill., for some time, especially since repairs on a deep well began in October.

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General Resources
The Importance of Ground Water in the Great Lakes Region
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Ground water is a major natural resource in the Great Lakes region because it indirectly contributes more than 50 percent of the stream discharge to the Great Lakes. This report is an excellent evaluation of ground water conditions and issues in the region, illustrated with numerous figures and maps.

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50 Ways Farmers Can Protect Their Groundwater
U. of Illinois College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
Topics include reducing contamination risks from fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides, managinge pests with an integrated pest management program, improving chemical application, evaluating a site with groundwater protection in mind, and testing and treating water.

A Primer on Fresh Water
Environment Canada
Designed for educators, communities and organizations in a position to develop learning resources to enable Canadians to better understand their environment.

Groundwater Education in Michigan Program
Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The GEM program helps people understand the relationship between their actions and the quality of their environment, particularly groundwater. GEM has a network of community groups and universities across the state who initiate projects and share information about protecting groundwater.

Groundwater Education Strategy
Great Lakes Commission
This document lays out a framework to promote groundwater education programs in the region made up of findings of the Groundwater Education Task Force and its education roundtables.

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Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Pesticides and Groundwater Strategy
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Describes the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's strategy, principles for addressing the protection of groundwater through the implementation of Best Management Practices and other prevention activities and plans for groundwater monitoring, information dissemination and recordkeeping. February 1996.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
From The Changing Illinois Environment: Critical Trends, 1994.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Rivers and Lakes in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Water Quality in the Great Lakes Region

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