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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…

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Foxconn finds way to stick 7 million-gallon straw into Lake Michigan

Peter Annin says proposed diversion could be vulnerable to a legal challenge

…At issue with both Waukesha and Foxconn is an exemption that allows limited diversions outside the basin for “a group of largely residential customers that may also serve industrial, commercial, and other institutional operators.” Waukesha, a city of 70,000 west of Milwaukee, lies fully outside the basin but is within…

Madeline Island, Wisconsin Areal View

Wisconsin Still at Center of Water Battles

Ten Years After the Passage of the Great Lakes Compact

…to send water over the basin to Mount Pleasant, largely to supply the $10 billion Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing complex currently under construction. Authors of the compact, privately, can’t agree on whether the DNR’s decision to approve water for Foxconn satisfies requirements of the agreement, said Peter Annin, author of…

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Wis. Lets Village Go to Town on Great Lakes Water

Peter Annin uncovered documents about the expanded Pleasant Prairie diversion in reporting for second edition of The Great Lakes Water Wars.

Governors from all eight Great Lakes states had to sign off before Waukesha, Wis., could siphon water out of Lake Michigan. When Foxconn Technology Group wanted to dip a straw into the lake for its new electronics factory west of Racine, the Taiwan-based company had to undergo a rigorous legal…

Peter Annin, Great Lakes Water Wars, Lake Superior

Annin Book Tour Scheduled

The Great Lakes Water Wars Second Edition

Island Press will release the second edition of Peter Annin’s The Great Lakes Water Wars later this fall. The Great Lakes Water Wars, originally released in 2006, is considered the definitive work on the Great Lakes water diversion controversy. In this new and expanded edition of the book, Annin explores…

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Foxconn: A New Chapter in the Great Lakes Water Wars


…test came in 2010 when Waukesha applied for a straddling county diversion. Waukesha agreed to return 100% of the water, yet more than 11,000 comments streamed in, the vast majority of them opposed. In 2016, the Great Lakes governors unanimously approved Waukesha’s diversion of 8.2 million gallons per day, but…