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What's New
Tapping into Great Lakes may start 'water wars'
CBC News (7/11)
Thunder Bay, Ontario's mayor says he'll fight to prevent Waukesha, Wis., from using Great Lakes water. Waukesha's municipal boundaries fall outside the Great Lakes watershed.

Flint plans to start using own river water Monday
WWMT-TV - Kalamazoo, MI (4/18)
City officials have opened an intake pipe from the Flint River and plan to begin processing its water next week.

Flint officials won't pinpoint when the city will switch to Flint River as Detroit water charges go higher
MLive (4/16)
City officials are saying little about their timing for using the Flint River for drinking water but Thursday, April 17, for the first time in nearly 50 years, Flint and Genesee County, Mich., won't have a long-term contract in place for buying water from Detroit.

Mayor Barrett makes water pitch to White House
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (4/10)
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret will be traveling to the White House to pitch the idea of making Milwaukee America's water capitol.

Flint gets final permit approvals from state to use Flint River for drinking water
MLive (4/10)
The state of Michigan has issued the permits needed for the city of Flint to begin using the Flint River for drinking water, a major step toward ending water purchases from the city of Detroit as early as next week.

Lindenhurst closer to switching to Lake Michigan water
Daily Herald (4/9)
Details are firming up in the yearslong effort to bring Lake Michigan water to Lindenhurst, Illinois, with construction of some portions of the project expected to begin this summer.

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

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