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COMMENTARY: Great Lakes compact works even if Waukesha gets water
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (5/21)
Even if the Waukesha, Wis., diversion is approved, we should regard it as a demonstration that the Great Lakes compact works. Its function is not to ban diversions but to build a robust institution of transboundary governance protecting a common resource.

Congresswomen want Great Lakes water diversion blocked
Detroit Free Press (5/19)
Two Michigan congresswomen wrote Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday asking him to vote to deny a Wisconsin city’s request to divert 8 million gallons of drinking water a day.

COMMENTARY: Waukesha water diversion: Take all the time needed to weigh revised plan
Star Tribune (5/17)
Like the Great Lakes themselves, the Great Lakes Compact is worth protecting. Let’s do it right, and not rush to judgment on something this important.

EDITORIAL: Does Waukesha have a choice?
Duluth News Tribune (5/16)
The editorial board argues that a reduction in the amount of water Waukesha, Wisc., could divert from Lake Michigan may prove to be a good compromise on the issue.

Kaptur seeks to cut off funding for open lake dumping
Sandusky Register (5/16)
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) says she will attempt to cut off all federal funding for open lake dumping on Lake Erie being carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Waukesha's price of Lake Michigan water? No expansion of borders
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (5/15)
The consensus of representatives of eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces reviewing the city's application is that Waukesha, Wisc., must accept strict limits to growth — with no outward expansion — in exchange for Lake Michigan 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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