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Stateside Radio: Peter Annin on Pleasant Prairie

Why this 2010 approval of a multi-million gallon Great Lakes water diversion is drawing new scrutiny

When Peter Annin, director of the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College, was completing research for an updated version of his book The Great Lakes Water Wars, he discovered a detail about Great Lakes water diversions that had gone unnoticed for eight years. According to his findings, the state of Wisconsin never announced…  Read More

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MichRadio: Foxconn wants to divert 5.8 million gallons of Lake Michigan water a day

Is that legal? Peter Annin Answers

President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan will be in Wisconsin this Thursday for the groundbreaking of the $10 billion Foxconn plant. The Taiwanese electronics company has promised thousands of jobs in Racine County and in return has been offered $4.5 billion in tax incentives. The plant will also require 5.8 million gallons of water a…  Read More

Biofluorescent platypus (Mammalia)

Platypuses Capture Worldwide Imagination

Northland Researchers Make Another Illuminating Discovery

Northland faculty and alumni have created a well-needed bit of fun in the science world with their recent paper about glowing platypuses. After their discovery of pink fluorescing flying squirrels in 2019, Northland professors Paula Spaeth Anich, Sharon Anthony, Michaela Carlson, Jonathan Martin, and Erik Olson and capstone students Adam Gunnelson and Allison Kohler kept…

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IJC Releases Recommendations

Lake Superior Has Seen At Least 5 Blooms In The Last Decade

The United States and Canada should work together to eliminate blue-green algae blooms in Lake Superior, according to one of three recommendations outlined in a report released by the International Joint Commission (IJC) on Thursday. The commission is an independent bi-national organization that evaluates work by the U.S. and Canada to protect and restore the…

Northland College Fall Festival 2019

Events & Awards

Here are some of the ways we celebrate and connect with our alumni on a regular basis: Ask our Alumni Showcasing individual and panel discussions around career development. Become a participant Award Winners Present In-depth chats with alumni award recipients. Northland Near You Social gatherings based on location and/or shared interests. Get Involved Fall Festival…

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Home Is Where a College Is

How Carolyn Sneed Chose the Chequamegon Bay

When Carolyn Sneed and her late husband, Dr. Bob Sneed, were choosing a place to start Bob’s ophthalmology practice and raise their four children, they had strong ideas about what they were looking for. “We wanted to live in a small town on a big body of clean water, preferably a town with a liberal…

Lake Superior gail storm

NPR: Water Levels In The Great Lakes Approach A Record High

Water levels in the Great Lakes are high right now—really high. Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie are all breaking records and creating all kinds of problems for communities on their shores. Reporter Dan Wanshcura interviews Great Lakes experts including Peter Annin, director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation. “Rather than…

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Campus Illustration Poster

Purchase this one-of-a kind illustration by Senior Graphic Designer Jerry Lehman, featured as the cover of the fall 2019 Northland College Magazine.

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Climate Science

You’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty using computer models to simulate and understand the relationship between the land (including Lake Superior, Penokee Mountains, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest) and local weather.


WPR: Report Recommends Rewrite of Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

White Paper Suggest More Holistic Approach to Water Quality Management

A new report from Northland College in Ashland recommends that the United States and Canada rewrite its principal agreement that provides a framework for improving water quality on the Great Lakes. The white paper released Tuesday by the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College highlights water quality concerns on Lake Superior…