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What's New
Detroit River: The good, the bad, the ugly
The Toledo Blade (11/17)
The Detroit River's rich history spawns environmental troubles, but hope surfaces.

Council of Great Lakes Industries, Consumers Energy and other member partners seek water management tools to ensure Great Lakes sustainability
MLive (11/14)
With funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Council of Great Lakes Industries and several of its member partners are evaluating sustainable water management tools.

Michigan communities grapple with upgrading water pipes
Great Lakes Echo (11/6)
The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that Michigan will need to invest around $15-billion in its drinking and waste water systems over the next 20 years.

Surrounded by water, Ohio River Valley experiences economic resurgence
Circle of Blue (11/5)
Communities in the Ohio River Valley are leveraging their water resources, including the Ohio River, the busiest inland waterway in the U.S., to drive economic prosperity.

St. Lawrence River Board of Control says water to stay at prescribed levels
North Country Now (11/4)
The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control says after a review of water levels in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system, they will keep them as prescribed in Plan 1958-D.

Ballville Dam decision coming soon
The News-Herald (11/4)
As city council in Fremont, Ohio, nears a decision on whether to remove the Ballville Dam on the Sandusky River, wetland loss and sediment behind the structure are possible issues.

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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: Local Planning in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Watersheds in the Great Lakes Region

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