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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…

Peter Annin at beach

Q & A with "Great Lakes Water Wars" Author Peter Annin

…those waters, and that they ensure that appropriate rules and regulations governing the lakes are in place. My book is about the Great Lakes water diversion controversy—the idea that people have contemplated diverting Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona. It continues to be a hot topic. Q. Name…

Peter Annin at beach

World Water Day: Writing Wisconsin’s Waterways

…sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona. He will analyze the several noteworthy Great Lakes diversions that already exist, and shed light on potential water diversions of the future, including the controversial water diversion application submitted by Waukesha in 2010. Author and Academy Fellow Jerry Apps writes fiction…

Loon airs its wings

Protect Loons

Over the last seventy years, northern Wisconsin has experienced increasing development. Housing density maps from 1940, 1990, and 2010 clearly show cumulative density throughout the decades, particularly in the lakes regions. What does this mean for loons? Loss of habitat, declining water quality, and increased recreational use of lakes influences…

Great Lakes Water Wars book by Peter Annin at Northland College

The Battles That Shaped Great Lakes Water Politics


Two centuries of urbanization and industrialization around the Great Lakes have often hinged on tension among those who’ve desired their extraordinary supplies of fresh water. The lakes and the surrounding watershed contain nearly one-fifth of the surface freshwater on earth, and currently about 40 million people in the United States…

Northland College student Adrian Diaz in Nicaragua

Diaz Looks at Eliminating Waterborne Illness in Nicaragua

ST. PAUL, Minn. – June 28, 2016 – Unsafe drinking water is one of the primary causes of disease and death in the world, but in Nicaragua, more than 400,000 people have solved drinking water contamination with help from community leaders and a water treatment device from nonprofit Compatible Technology…

Muddy fish creek watershed

Northland Project Aims to Clear Chequamegon Bay’s Muddy Waters

…of Northland’s Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation. It is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and began in 2013. Hudson and his team are trying to slow the flow of water through the creek to protect its bluffs, which can crumble and collapse during severe storms. The…


Alumnus Karl ’04 oversees outdoor therapeutic program

Healing Through a Lense

…with a love of the land and water,” Karl said. Connecting kids to water achieves even larger goals. “When kids see themselves as a part of the ecosystem, they realize they are an integral part of something bigger than themselves,” Karl said. “That fosters stewardship—stewardship of the water and of…

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

…that the Great Lakes Compact was essentially finalized, creating an eight-state body that would fend off unwise withdrawals and otherwise manage use of the world’s greatest freshwater resource for the region’s shared benefit. It was already clear that the real threats would not be tankers sucking up water for sale…

Research in lake

Q & A with Water Researcher Randy Lehr

…world – the demand for water and distribution. Do you anticipate a day when people are going to come knocking on the door for Lake Superior water? A. I see the Lake Superior region as the future front lines of water resource science and management. Abundant freshwater, relatively inexpensive land…