Synopses & Reviews
The Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth, and more than 40 million Americans and Canadians live in their basin. Will we divert water from the Great Lakes, causing them to end up like Central Asia's Aral Sea, which has lost 90 percent of its surface area and 75 percent of its volume since 1960? Or will we come to see that unregulated water withdrawals are ultimately catastrophic? Peter Annin writes a fast-paced account of the people and stories behind these upcoming battles. Destined to be the definitive story for the general public as well as policymakers, The Great Lakes Water Wars is a balanced, comprehensive look behind the scenes at the conflicts and compromises that are the past-and future-of this unique resource.
andquot;Fascinating and ambitious book . . . . Annin . . . breathes life into the subject of water laws and their related policy.andquot;
“Excellent primer for getting up to speed on what could be one of the region's most important - and contentious - issues in the coming decades.”
andquot;Well-written volume...offers an intriguing, comphrensive look...and should be a valuable reference for water and international policy makers, academics, and public officials . . . . Highly recommended.andquot;
"Fascinating and ambitious book . . . . Annin . . . breathes life into the subject of water laws and their related policy."- Toledo Blade
andquot;We are definitely leaving the century of oil behind, and we are entering the century of water. The value globally of fresh, potable water is expected to increase significantly. andquot;
andquot;Peter Annin has put his considerable skills as a journalist to good use. The Great Lakes Water Wars is elegantly written, clearly and logically organized, and anchored to a set of marvelous stories. It is the definitive book on the struggle over the Great Lakes.andquot;
"Excellent primer for getting up to speed on what could be one of the region's most important—and contentious—issues in the coming decades."
Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Arizona Colleg
andquot;This is a thoroughly researched, well-balanced, and captivating history and analysis of the increasing tensions and possible solutions related to water use and diversion from the Great Lakes. It is both inspiring and a startling reminder of the Lakesand#39; vulnerabilities. Everyone who lives in the Great Lakes Basin should read it; everyone who takes freshwater for granted should read it.andquot;
andquot;Water is the life blood of the forty million people who live in the Great Lakes Basin. Great Lakes Water Wars is a captivating account of past challenges as well as the social, economic, and ecological challenges we must overcome as our insatiable thirst exceeds natureand#39;s ability to provide. It is a comprehensive and easy read, placing Great Lakes water woes in a global context. This book should be required reading for anyone whose life depends on Great Lakes water.andquot;
andquot;This is the definitive book about the fight over Great Lakes water. The book does for the Great Lakes what Ansel Adamsand#39; photos did for Yosemiteandmdash;shows the world what a precious and irreplaceable resource the Great Lakes are, and why it is so important that they be protected.andquot;
andquot;Excellent primer for getting up to speed on what could be one of the regionand#39;s most importantandmdash;and contentiousandmdash;issues in the coming decades.andquot;
Peter Annin writes a fast-paced account of the people and stories behind the upcoming battles of water rights. Destined to be the definitive story for the general public as well as policymakers, The Great Lakes Water Wars is a balanced, comprehensive look behind the scenes at the conflicts and compromises that are the past-and future-of this unique resource.
About the Author
A former correspondent with Newsweek magazine,Peter Annin is associate director of the Institutes forJournalism and Natural Resources.
Table of Contents
PART I. Hope and Hopelessness
Chapter 1. To Have and Have Notand#151;The Great Lakes and the Gobal Water Picture
Chapter 2. The Aral Experimentand#151;Are There Lessons that the Great Lakes Can Learn from the Aral Sea's Desiccation?
Chapter 3. Rising Temperatures, Falling Water?and#151;Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Watershed
Chapte 4. A History of Desireand#151;Diversion Fears Prompt Protective Measures in the Great Lakes Region
PART II. Battle Lines and Skirmishes
Chapter 5. Reversing a Riverand#151;The conflicted History of the Chicago River Diversion
Chapter 6. Long Lac and Ogokiand#151;Two Large Diversions into the Great Lakes Affect the Entire Basin
Chapte 7. Pleasing Pleasant Prairieand#151;A Wisconsin Town's Diversion Permit Prompts Lingering Questions
Chapte 8. Sacrificing Lowelland#151;An Indiana Community's Request for Great Lakes water Is Denied
Chapter 9. Tapping Mud Creekand#151;A Consumptive Use Case Tests the Great Lakes Charter
Chapter 10. Akron Gets the Nodand#151;An Ohio Town Gets Great Lakes Water and Controversy Follows
PART III. New Rules of Engagement
Chapter 11. The Nova Group and Annex 2001and#151;--An Export Idea Sparks Calls for More Water Controls
Chapter 12. Marching Toward a Compactand#151;--Pulling Together a Modern, Binding Water Management Accord
Chapter 13. Waukesha Worriesand#151;A Wisconsin Suburb Emerges as the Next Diversion Battleground
Chapter 14. Who'll Win the War?and#151;How Future Great Lakes Water Tensions Will Be Resolved
Epilogue: The Water Awakening