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The Great Lakes Water Wars

The Great Lakes Water Wars
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Peter Annin

320 pages | figures, photos, maps | 6 x 9
The Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth, and more than 40 million Americans and Canadians live in their basin. Will we divert water from the Great Lakes, causing them to end up like Central Asia's Aral Sea, which has lost 90 percent of its surface area and 75 percent of its volume since 1960? Or will we come to see that unregulated water withdrawals are ultimately catastrophic?
Peter Annin writes a fast-paced account of the people and stories behind these upcoming battles. Destined to be the definitive story for the general public as well as policymakers, The Great Lakes Water Wars is a balanced, comprehensive look behind the scenes at the conflicts and compromises that are the past-and future-of this unique resource.

“Excellent primer for getting up to speed on what could be one of the region's most important - and contentious - issues in the coming decades.”

Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Fascinating and ambitious book . . . . Annin . . . breathes life into the subject of water laws and their related policy."
Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

"Well-written volume...offers an intriguing, comphrensive look...and should be a valuable reference for water and international policy makers, academics, and public officials . . . . Highly recommended."

We are definitely leaving the century of oil behind, and we are entering the century of water. The value globally of fresh, potable water is expected to increase significantly.

Table of Contents

Author's Note


Part I - Hope & Hopelessness

1. To Have and Have Not-
The Great Lakes and the global water picture

2. The Aral Experiment-
Are there lessons that the Great Lakes can learn from the Aral Sea's desiccation?

3. Rising Temperatures, Falling Water?
Impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes watershed

4. A History of Desire-
Diversion fears prompt protective measures in the Great Lakes region

Part II - Battle Lines & Skirmishes

5. Reversing a River-
The conflicted history of the Chicago River diversion

6. Long Lac & Ogoki-
Two large diversions into the Great Lakes affect the entire Basin

7. Pleasing Pleasant Prairie-
A Wisconsin town's diversion permit prompts lingering questions

8. Sacrificing Lowell -
An Indiana community's request for Great Lakes water is denied

9. Tapping Mud Creek-
A consumptive use case tests the Great Lakes Charter

10. Akron Gets the Nod-
An Ohio town gets Great Lakes water and controversy follows

Part III - New Rules of Engagement

11. The Nova Group & Annex 2001-
An export idea sparks calls for more water controls

12. Marching Toward A Compact-
Pulling together a modern, binding water management accord

13. Waukesha Worries-
A Wisconsin suburb emerges as the next diversion battleground

14. Who'll Win the War?
How future Great Lakes water tensions will be resolved

Epilogue: The Water Awakening
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