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Detroit urged to tie water bills to income
The Detroit News (9/2)
Reacting to water shutoffs and rising rates, Detroit, Mich., activists are pushing for an income-based water affordability plan, saying a system that’s being considered in Philadelphia could help customers and the water department.

EDITORIAL: Be careful with the Great Lakes
Akron Beacon Journal (8/31)
The Great Lakes bring immense value to the region. That explains the formation of the compact, and why it is so crucial that governors weigh carefully the ramifications in what Waukesha wants.

COMMENTARY: In court, the battle for Lake Michigan rages on
The Detroit News (8/26)
In Illinois, the decision on Waukesha’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan will set a precedent that either upholds the protections set by the Great Lakes Compact, or allows many other out-of-basin diversions of Great Lakes water.

Waukesha plan for Lake Michigan water raises worries
The New York Times (8/25)
Waukesha has run smack into a landmark 2008 compact that prohibits large amounts of water from the five Great Lakes from being pumped, trucked, shipped or otherwise moved beyond the system’s natural basin without approval from the governors of each of the eight states that touch a lake.

Public hearing set on Waukesha’s attempt to get Lake Michigan water
The Racine Journal Times (8/16)
The request by Waukesha, Wis., to obtain Lake Michigan water will be the focus of public hearings this week. The meetings are part of a long process Waukesha must complete to acquire water from Lake Michigan.

COMMENTARY: Science, cost don't support Great Lakes diversion plan
Green Bay Press Gazette (8/11)
It's time to hold Waukesha accountable for providing safe and clean water to its residents in a way that is respectful of its own residents, the Great Lakes Compact, and the Great Lakes region, says the executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

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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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