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What's New
Could it happen here?
Petoskey News-Review (2/5)
An ample supply of water that is safe for consumption, much like other everyday essential commodities such as electricity, is something most people take for granted — until it's not available.

Racine, Waukesha mayors debate lake diversion
The Racine Journal Times (2/4)
As Waukesha, Wis., continues on a quest for Lake Michigan water, the debate over the issue persists — as does Racine's opposition.

Ford plant's toxic groundwater plume creeping toward neighborhood
MLive (2/4)
Ford Motor Co. will be pulling groundwater samples from a residential neighborhood adjacent to its Livonia, Mich., transmission plant next week in an effort to discover how far a toxic pollution plume has spread from its facility.

Was Flint River water good enough to drink?
Detroit Free Press (1/31)
Flint River water is blamed for corroding pipes and plumbing throughout Flint, Mich., and elevating lead levels in children after it became the primary source of drinking water for the city in April 2014. But experts say the river may be getting a bad rap.

Report disappointing, says Restore Our Water Intl. rep
The Expositor (1/29)
An official with Restore Our Water International (ROWI) expressed her disappointment with comments made by the International Joint Commission (IJC) on a report released on Great Lakes water diversion.

Michigan governor: Flint water crisis could affect 'many more' kids
CNN (1/27)
It's too soon to know exactly how many children were harmed by lead-poisoned water in Flint, Mich., the state's governor says. But officials are bracing for the possibility of a much higher tally than what blood tests have revealed so far.

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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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