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What's New
Flint may get $7.2M in grants, loans for new pipeline
The Detroit News (7/26)
The state of Michigan is preparing a package of grants and loans to help Flint finance the construction of a new 5.5-mile pipeline that federal regulators are insisting on to test the city’s new Lake Huron water source.

New blue-green algae policies in place at water treatment plant
The Sarnia Observer (7/20)
Staff at the water treatment plant serving Sarnia and five other Ontario communities will keep an eye out this summer for blue-green algal blooms in Lake Huron, over its intake pipe.

COMMENTARY: Waukesha water decision is big win for entire region
Milwaukee Business News (7/11)
The decision by the Great Lakes governors to approve Waukesha’s request to tap Lake Michigan for its water supply is not only a big win for that city’s residents, but also a big victory for all of southeastern Wisconsin.

EDITORIAL: Keep a watchful eye on who gets our Great Lakes water
Chicago Sun-Times (7/4)
The agreement of Waukesha's request gives the power to monitor the deal to Canada and the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. It is no small responsibility.

COMMENTARY: Waukesha water diversion - the right decision was made
The Plain Dealer (7/3)
Governors of the eight Great Lakes states made the right decision when they joined in a unanimous, bipartisan vote to allow the small Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw – and return – water from Lake Michigan.

Regional approach to water not new
The Toledo Blade (7/3)
In Ohio, Toledo and its suburbs are not the first set of regional governments to squabble over water and likely won’t be the last.

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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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