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Venture into a surreal salt mine 2,000 feet below Lake Erie
Wired (5/3)
A photographer ventures into a salt mine 2,000 feet below Lake Erie.

In Clayton, wind energy is a tough sell, even for environmentalists
North Country Public Radio (5/3)
Communities and environmental groups are divided over the idea of potential wind farms along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario in New York state.

Flint-area official says a new water pipeline to Lake Huron should be completed by June or July
The Republic (4/29)
The Genesee County drain commissioner says Flint will save millions of dollars when it connects to the Karegnondi Water Authority, which will be serving many communities.

EDITORIAL: Great Lakes Compact must be protected, with no exceptions
Star Tribune (4/29)
The compact is the primary safeguard for 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater, and the pressure to tap that source will only grow in coming years. The Great Lakes governors should vote to protect that compact.

City of Waukesha revises Great Lakes water plan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/28)
The City of Waukesha, Wis., would receive up to an average of 8.7 million gallons a day of Lake Michigan water by midcentury — down 13.86% from its earlier request — to serve a smaller area proposed by Great Lakes officials reviewing the city's plan for lake water.

Reacting to Flint crisis, EPA launches U.S. drinking water study
Detroit Free Press (4/26)
The public health crisis caused by high lead levels in Flint’s water and the toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie in recent years are among the threats being cited by federal environmental officials who called for a comprehensive look at how to better protect the nation’s drinking 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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Databases
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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