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MSU conference explores need for greater international cooperation to protect vital global watersheds
MLive (11/25)
A recent Michigan State University workshop focused on water rights and improving cross-border policies for the protection of the great waters of the world.

Engineer gets $907,000 contract add-on to prepare Flint for KWA water
MLive (11/23)
The engineering company that’s been working with the city at its water plant will continue to as Flint, Mich., prepares to treat raw water from a new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline.

Regional control of water gets bigger push
The Toledo Blade (11/5)
Signs are emerging that several Ohio communities, from Monroe to Bowling Green and west into Fulton County, could push Toledo harder on the possibility of creating a more regionally-oriented water distribution system in 2016.

For Ontario industries, Olympic-size pool full of water costs less than $10
The Toronto Star (11/3)
Too many Ontario industries are getting off cheap when it comes to the water they draw from the ground, Ontario’s acting environmental commissioner warns.

New SCADA System at water plant
HTR Media (10/27)
Water Department staff have been working for the past several weeks with representatives of Preferred Controls of Albany, Minnesota, on installation of a new supervisory control and data acquisition system for the city’s Lake Michigan water filtration plant.

Water could transform Rust belt into Blue Belt
Detroit Free Press (10/27)
Far from seeking to ship or pipe their water riches off to the highest bidder, the Midwest Great Lakes region that, for decades, has exported sun seekers to Phoenix and Los Angeles, now dares to dream of repurposing the Rust Belt into a “Blue Belt”.

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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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