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What's New
Phoenix prepared for pricey fix to water problem
Time Warner Cable News (10/22)
After years of complaints about murky water, officials in Phoenix, N.Y., unanimously voted to contract out to another water source for drinking water. The village may end up getting its water from Lake Ontario.

Zoning appeal filed over Erie bayfront walkway
Erie Times-News (10/22)
A waterfront access advocate has filed a formal appeal with the Erie, Pa., zoning office, contending that 1,100 feet of new public walkway along the former GAF Materials Corp. property on Lake Erie does not comply with city zoning laws.

Stormwater forum brings out North Shore, Ill. residents
Sun-Times (10/22)
Interested Illinois residents, many of whom have dealt with stormwater issues personally, packed an auditorium to hear from several local stormwater experts on ways to manage storm water and protect Lake Michigan.

After years of build up, dredging at Wilson Harbor in Wilson, N.Y. underway
Time Warner Cable News (10/22)
Almost a decade had come and gone without any dredging at the harbor, leaving silt to build up and lowering the water level. After several years of red tape and road blocks, dredging in Wilson Harbor continues. Work started in September and should be finished by mid-November.

St. Lawrence County lawmakers support plan to regulate St. Lawrence River water flow, levels
North Country Now (10/21)
The operations committee in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., is supporting a proposed water plan that would regulate flows and levels on the St. Lawrence River.

Seventh Freshwater Summit on tap
Traverse City Record-Eagle (10/15)
Jon Allan, the director for Michigan's Office of the Great Lakes, is expected to deliver a keynote address on water strategy at the upcoming Freshwater Summit in Traverse City, Mich.

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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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