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What's New
EDITORIAL: U.S. Senate leaves Great Lakes high and dry
The Plain Dealer (12/18)
Despite assurances that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014 was fast-tracked for passage before Congress shut down for the holidays, at least one unknown, unnamed senator torpedoed it.

Oil pipeline projects face litany of challenges heading into 2015
The Brandon Sun (12/18)
In recent years, the debate over pipelines has spread beyond the direct environmental impacts, like beluga whale habitat in the St. Lawrence River, into broader issues such as climate change and First Nations rights.

WI governor wants to keep hunting, fishing fees for those activities
The Associated Press (12/17)
Wis. Gov. Scott Walker wants to review whether hunting and fishing fees collected by the state should be used to pay for costs related to sighting an open pit iron ore mine near Lake Superior.

EPA to discuss continued cleanup of Kalamazoo River Superfund site at Dec. 11 public meeting
MLive (12/8)
Options being considered for next summer's Kalamazoo River cleanup will be the topic of a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Notre Dame official to talk about water compact
The Associated Press (12/4)
The managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative will brief congressional staff members on the Great Lakes Compact.

As 2014 winds down, no sign that levels won’t keep rising in new year
The Manitoulin Expositor (12/3)
With the exception of Lake Ontario, water levels of all the Great Lakes remained above average in October.

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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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GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Water
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GLIN: Local Planning in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Watersheds in the Great Lakes Region

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