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Rain gardens to the rescue: How Detroiters are working together to protect water infrastructure
Model D (10/17)
In Detroit, recent flooding has highlighted the need for improved stormwater management. For years, average citizens could do little to help, but ‘Rain Gardens to the Rescue’, a program started in 2011, gives everyone the tools to make a difference.

Cleveland Water releases information on pipes that are 'likely or 'unlikely' to contain lead
Cleveland.com (10/12)
Almost 45 percent of the service pipes Cleveland Water is responsible for, the ones that carry drinking, cooking and bathing water to customers across Northeast Ohio are likely to contain lead.

Nestlé controversy a fresh water wakeup call
The Star (10/12)
The ongoing water controversy between the community of Guelph, Ontario, and the Nestlé water bottling plant has thrown the issue of water access and availability into the spotlight.

Buffalo-Niagara Green Infrastructure Forum takes on sewer overflow issue
WBFO – Buffalo, NY (10/11)
The problem of storm water overflows has been a sore spot for many communities across the Great Lakes. The issue was on the table during a panel discussion about Green Infrastructure in the Buffalo-Niagara Region.

Webster residents question water quality
Time Warner Cable News Rochester (10/9)
Intense chlorination and bans on eating fish are giving residents of Webster, New York, doubts Lake Ontario is a clean enough water source.

The value of water world: Beyond metaphor to Blue Mind
Chicago Sun-Times (10/2)
Water is underutilized, under-estimated. So one scientist and author is attempting to document the economic, cultural, health (medicinal) and emotional value to water.

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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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