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COMMENTARY: Waukesha has alternatives to Lake Michigan water
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (7/19)
Waukesha's reliance on state planning laws to justify a request that has neither the best interest of its residents nor the Great Lakes region at heart is irresponsible at best. The Department of Natural Resources has no other option than to deny Waukesha's request.

Water Wars: Great Lakes-style
Chicagoist (6/5)
Get used to the name “Waukesha.” The Milwaukee suburb is about to be at the center of a serious tussle over the Great Lakes that will quickly ensnare all the states in the region.

Waukesha's Lake Michigan water application moves to next phase
Milwaukee Biz Times (6/15)
Mandated to improve the quality of its drinking water, which has high levels of radium, City of Waukesha officials first sought permission five years ago to get water from Lake Michigan. Finally, that process is about to move from the application phase to the approval phase.

COMMENTARY: Awash in thoughts about the Great Lakes
Rochester Business Journal (6/12)
With many states experiencing extreme drought, its time to give thanks for the Great Lakes.

COMMENTARY: Liquid assets give us the drop on Sun Belt
Pittsburg Post-Gazette (5/10)
Pennsylvania joined seven other states in the Great Lakes Compact in 2008 to manage water in the great basin. It came about after a Canadian firm came up with a plan to ship Lake Superior water to Asia in tankers.

Here are 2 reasons why the drought in California won't open the door to Great Lakes water
Michigan Radio (4/23)
There are two reasons why Great Lakes water won't make it to California: the process of moving water that far wouldn't make economic sense, and Great Lakes water is locked down politically.

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General Resources
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.

An Advocate's Field Guide to Protecting Lake Michigan
Alliance for the Great Lakes
After two years of research by organizations around Lake Michigan, this guidebook identifies basinwide threats; it is organized into three chapters: habitat restoration, toxic elimination and land and water conservation.

Drought Fact Sheets
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Water saving tips for different industries.

Michigan Water Use Reporting Program
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan and the other states and provinces in the Great Lakes Region have enacted laws that require major water users to report water withdrawals made within the Great Lakes Basin. This information provides an environmental baseline for managing water resources in a more integrated manner and strengthens the legal basis for opposing unwarranted diversions of Great Lakes water to other regions of the country.

Properties of Water
Environment Canada's Freshwater Web

The Great Lakes Charter: Principles for the Management of Great Lakes Water Resources
Council of Great Lakes Governors

Water Use in Canada
Environment Canada's Freshwater Web

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Water databases and tools in Canada
Environment Canada's Freshwater Web

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The Management of Water in Canada
Environment Canada's Freshwater Web
Includes information about bulk water removal and export, floods, water conservation, modeling and more.

Water Supply Management Options for Northeastern Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago
A report offering critical information about the Chicago metro region's water supply resources, the legal and institutional framework for Great Lakes diversion, and unique primary research materials, such as the Great Lakes Mediation Memorandum of Understanding between Illinois and the other Great Lakes states.

Water Sustainability
Canadian Environmental Law Association
CELA conducts extensive work on issues of water quality and quantity in the Great Lakes and beyond. View their collections of detailed and summary materials on diverse issues of water quality, quantity, management and protection.

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GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Water
GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Local Planning in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Watersheds in the Great Lakes Region

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