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Toledo: Millions needed to keep drinking water safe
The Associated Press (10/7)
The rising cost of keeping the drinking water free from toxins in Lake Erie and other contaminants in the water might force Toledo, Ohio, to increase water rates again.

Flint water woes put rush on Lake Huron waterline
The Times Herald (10/6)
Michigan’s 10-point action plan to fix Flint’s water includes expediting construction of a water line tearing up the roadways between St. Clair and Sanilac counties.

Milwaukee avoids water system crisis – but not main breaks
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/30)
Thanks to an infamous public health scare in 1993, Milwaukee, Wis., has largely avoided the nationwide crisis of how to pay for long-deferred upgrades of drinking water treatment systems.

Price for Evanston water line raises eyebrows in Park Ridge
Chicago Tribune (9/23)
Park Ridge officials are questioning what they say are new cost estimate for bringing Lake Michigan water to the city from Evanston.

Bottling plan for water from Lake Superior basin shelved
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/15)
A Minocqua, Minn., grocer has canceled plans to ship water from springs in the Lake Superior basin, after learning the plan would violate an international water protection agreement between Great Lakes states and Canada.

Waukesha’s quest to divert Lake Michigan water challenged
Wisconsin Gazette (9/10)
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is opposed to Waukesha’s quest to divert water from Lake Michigan, but the city argues that this is the only answer to a court order to improve water quality by June 2018 and to also meet demands for more water.

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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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