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What's New
Take water from Lake Michigan? This plan has a twist
Detroit Free Press (5/29)
Analysis by the state of Michigan shows an ironic twist: approving Waukesha's diversion plan could actually mean a net gain of water for the basin.

EDITORIAL: In a word, why climate change matters: Water
Chicago Tribune (5/26)
A new report from the World Bank sums up one of the gravest of climate change consequences with just one word: water. As in, not enough of it.

Milwaukee willing to revisit Waukesha water sale, but it's likely too late
Milwaukee Business Journal (5/24)
In Wisconsin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett remains open to a conversation about selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha, but Waukesha’s pending water deal with Oak Creek quashes the potential for any talks right now.

EDITORIAL: Clean water: Chicago takes a leap
Chicago Tribune (5/24)
If the new Stickney Water Reclamation Plant near Chicago, Ill., performs as expected, the Chicago water district could build other plants to spread the cleaning and recycling across the region.

COMMENTARY: Great Lakes compact works even if Waukesha gets water
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (5/21)
Even if the Waukesha, Wis., diversion is approved, we should regard it as a demonstration that the Great Lakes compact works. Its function is not to ban diversions but to build a robust institution of transboundary governance protecting a common resource.

Congresswomen want Great Lakes water diversion blocked
Detroit Free Press (5/19)
Two Michigan congresswomen wrote Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday asking him to vote to deny a Wisconsin city’s request to divert 8 million gallons of drinking water a day.

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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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Management
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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