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Toledo Blade: Lesser-known story about historic Great Lakes fight over water

Racine fears Waukesha’s sewage will bring ‘danger’ By Tom Henry, The Ripple Effect (Toledo Blade) WAUKESHA, Wis. – While visiting the lovely state of Wisconsin earlier this month, I learned the battle over Waukesha’s future water supply isn’t just about the 8.2 million gallons a day of treated Lake Michigan water that Waukesha wants to…

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Toledo Blade: Wisconsin City at Forefront of Water Wars

Tom Henry, Toledo Blade Ironically, Waukesha’s history is steeped in stories about how it was once a resort area known as “Spring City,” and the “Saratoga of the West” because of an abundance of pure spring-fed water it had in the 1800s. In 1873, a brochure featuring Col. Richard Dunbar, a diabetic, proclaimed Waukesha’s water…

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Burke Center Researchers Featured on AquaKids TV

Research students of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation were featured in the December 19 episode of AquaKids, which aired on eighty networks around the world. AquaKids is an award-winning nonprofit K-12 program that educates young people about ecology, wildlife, science, and how it all relates. The episode can now be viewed here online.

Northland College student taking a water sample.

Great Lakes Today: Advice for Clinton/Trump on the Great Lakes

By Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today Advocates for the Great Lakes are watching the presidential election and hoping the next US president will continue to prioritize restoration across the region. Groups from New York to Michigan to Ontario say there’s still a lot of work to be done, and they hope the next president supports…

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Great Lakes Echo: Great Lakes experts push for restoration funding after election

By Marie Orttenburger, Great Lakes Echo November’s presidential election is a harbinger of big change for federal programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a multi-milliondollar program that addresses a multitude of Great Lakes problems. Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, convened an expert panel recently to discuss the future of the program. The day-long conversation…

ADP: White Paper calls for increased funding for Great Lakes Restoration

By Rick Olivo, Ashland Daily Press The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has received a great measure of bipartisan support since it was initiated in fiscal year 2010. From an initial funding of $475 million, the program has received an annual appropriation of $300 million in every year except fiscal year 2013, when many federal programs…

Boat on Lake Superior

WPR: Northland Releases White Paper For Great Lakes Restoration

Industry, Tribal, Regulatory, Environmental Stakeholders Lay Out Vision By Danielle Kaeding, WPR A mix of industry, tribal, regulatory and environmental stakeholders have released a white paper listing a dozen recommendations for the future of a federal Great Lakes cleanup program. Suggestions include continuing work to clean up areas of concern under the Great Lakes Restoration…

Northland College student surveys beach

AP: Advocates support revising but continuing Great Lakes plan

ASHLAND, Wis. — Policy experts say a federal program that has pumped $2.2 billion into cleaning up the Great Lakes needs some improvements but has served a valuable purpose and should continue. Government officials, advocates and scientists called for extending federal funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative during a meeting this month on Madeline…

Panelists Peter Annin and Cam Davis

WPR Audio Recording: Panel Discussion on The Future of GLRI

Two weeks ago, leaders for industry, tribes, environmental agencies and advocates took part in a water summit at Northland College in Ashland. They met to discuss the future of a federal program called the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – otherwise known as GLRI. The initiative grew out of an effort by President Barack Obama’s administration…

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WPR: Panel Talks Future Of Great Lakes Cleanup Program

Industry, Agencies Ponder Program’s Future Under New Administration By Danielle Kaeding, Wisconsin Public Radio Representatives of industry, American Indian tribes, government and environmental groups took part in a water summit in northern Wisconsin over the weekend to discuss the future of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a new White House administration. Congress has invested…