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For Ontario industries, Olympic-size pool full of water costs less than $10
The Toronto Star (11/3)
Too many Ontario industries are getting off cheap when it comes to the water they draw from the ground, Ontario’s acting environmental commissioner warns.

Increased demand threatens aquifer water supplies in northeastern Illinois
Lawrence County Daily Record (10/27)
Deep sandstone aquifers that feed water supplies to parts of northeastern Illinois are at risk of becoming partially or completely depleted in the next 35 years, a new study at the Illinois State Water Survey suggests.

Detroit company poised to revolutionize how cities manage stormwater
Model D Media (8/18)
A small pipe the width of a thumb, the Energy Passive Groundwater Recharge Pump (EGRP), uses the gravitational force of the earth and the natural movements of sediment to pull water off the surface of the ground and into deep aquifers. Or as Parjana president Roy Cole puts it, “This is a tree root system on steroids.”

COMMENTARY: Groundwater - Diminishing resource, increasing conflict
Wisconsin Lawyer (8/1)
Recent legal developments have provided Wisconsin’s groundwater, and the surface waters that depend on it, protection from the increasing effects of well pumping and other stressors. While both legal and resource conflicts may continue in the near future, recent precedent may help create a framework for resolving these conflicts legislatively, administratively, or through future court decisions.

Turning soggy to sunny is Michigan company Parjana's mission
The Detroit Free Press (27/6)
Standing water after rain used to turn golf into a soggy affair at the Plum Brook Golf Club in Sterling Heights. But that was before an innovative new technology dried out the fairways — and possibly helped position Michigan as a leader in the nation's emerging water-management industry.

Milwaukee finds a fix for stormwater overflows: Abandoned basements
NPR (8/12)
As part of a new citywide sustainability plan and an attempt to reinvent itself as a "fresh coast" capital, Milwaukee is upgrading its water systems, and is researching options for tackling its chronic problems with stormwater management.

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

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