The Great Lakes Water Wars (Google eBook)

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Island Press, Feb 22, 2013 - Nature - 320 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Eric B. Kennedy - Goodreads

Really great introduction to some of the issues and policy surrounding the Great Lakes region of North America. While it's a non-fiction account of history and politics, it very approachable and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

As a life long resident of the Great Lakes regions, with the exception of a 2 year stint in South Carolina, the lakes have always inspired a sense of wonder. Growing up in NW Indiana where we were a ... Read full review

Contents

The Aral Experiment
22
Rising Temperatures Falling Water?
40
Aversion to Diversion
57
Battle Lines and Skirmishes
83
Long Lac and Ogoki
110
Pleasing Pleasant Prairie
125
Sacrificing Lowell
139
Tapping Mud Creek
154
Akron Gets the Nod
172
New Rules of Engagement
191
Marching toward a Compact
211
Waukesha Worries
240
Who Will Win the War?
256
Epilogue
273
Index
296
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About the author (2013)

A former correspondent with Newsweek magazine,Peter Annin is associate director of the Institutes forJournalism and Natural Resources.