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Wisconsin Still at Center of Water Battles

Ten years After Passage of Great Lakes Compact

With the Great Lakes Compact celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, protections designed to fend off large-scale water diversions have never been stronger, experts said Tuesday at Marquette University Law School. But they also said future water needs are likely to place serious demands in the decades to come on the landmark international agreement and…

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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…

Peter Annin at beach

A Terrific Book on Great Lakes Water Conflicts Gets a Timely, Thorough Update

Review of Peter Annin's Great Lakes Water Wars

You can get the feeling on reading Peter Annin’s new edition of his terrific book, “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” that much has happened—but too little has changed—in the control of self-interested resource grabs since the first edition came out a dozen years ago. The news back in 2006 was that the Great Lakes Compact…

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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 review and lay out its…

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Wisconsin Approved Massive Water Diversion for Pleasant Prairie Without Public Notification

Details highlighted in Peter Annin's updated book, The Great Lakes Water Wars

Wisconsin officials in 2010 quietly approved a massive new allotment of water from Lake Michigan to fast-growing Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County without extensive public reviews required in other Great Lakes water diversions in recent years. The action in the final year of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration, gave the bustling community on the Illinois border the…

Aerial shot of river flowing through Highway 2, following June 2018 storm

WPR: Northern Wisconsin Project Seeks To ‘Slow The Flow’ Of Stormwater

Local, State, Federal Partners Aim To Reduce Flood Peaks, Erosion In Northern Wisconsin

Northern Wisconsin has dealt with three floods in the last six years that caused millions of dollars in damage resulting in federal disaster declarations. The region is seeing more frequent, intense rainfalls. For the last several years, local, state and federal partners have been trying to find ways to slow the flow of stormwater running…

A view from Grand Island

Ensia: Can the Great Lakes Continue to Fend Off An Increasingly Thirsty World

A 2008 interstate compact prevents distant dry places from siphoning off Great Lakes water. But will the agreement hold up in the face of growing demand?

August 16, 2018 — On the rocky beach at Little Girls Point County Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the heavy wash of Lake Superior seeking the shore rolls stones the size of softballs back and forth in the surf. The power and immensity of the lake seems immutable. If there is anything in nature that…

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 the Foxconn and Waukesha controversies…

Four Northland College students sit in a boat with survey equipment

The Life Aquatic of the Penokee Hills

Students Survey Fish Populations

Northland College senior Megan Mader inches a jon boat into the vegetation near shore at Galilee Lake, a shallow, 212-acre lake with a handful of cabins dotting the shoreline. Mader is conducting research on fish communities to learn more about the lakes of the Penokee Hills, located an hour southeast of Ashland. A research associate…

Muddy fish creek watershed

Northland Project Aims to Clear Chequamegon Bay’s Muddy Waters

Researchers at Northland College are trying to find ways to limit riverbank erosion that turned Chequamegon Bay to muddy soup after June rainstorms that dumped over 14 inches of rain in some areas of Bayfield County. The project on North Fish Creek is being coordinated by water scientist Matt Hudson of Northland’s Mary Griggs Burke…