The Great Lakes Water Wars

The Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth, and 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 waterThe Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth, and 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.
The Great Lakes Water Wars The Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth and than million Americans and Canadians live in their basin Will we divert water from the Great Lakes causing them to e

  • Title: The Great Lakes Water Wars
  • Author: Peter Annin
  • ISBN: 9781597266376
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Non- Fiction BookIn this very informative book you will learn all about how that Great Lakes hangs in the balance of water use and diversions. In The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin you will learn all about the history surrounding the laws that protect The Great Lakes. The first major event that you learn about is the Aral Sea disaster which is where you’ll learn all about what happened to the Aral Sea. The second major event explained in this book is the Chicago Diversion which involves [...]

    2. As someone who grew up on the shores of Lake Erie, although quite polluted, and often smelly & with dead fish on the shore, & although many classmates were afraid to go into the water, I always loved the lake. It has a kind of intoxicating attraction for me, full of wonder and mystery. I have some of my best childhood memories on the shores of Lake Erie.This book is great because it set the record straight. I had heard by rumor that the Great Lakes had dropped feet in lake level, on thei [...]

    3. A surprisingly interesting and even entertaining book about a topic - the history of water use in the Great Lakes Basin, and the associated public policy issues - that at first seems obscure and tedious. The author's descriptions of the various major events and controversies are well-researched and reasonably fast-paced. He presents both sides well, although he clearly favors the establishment of strong governmental controls over water use. He is ultimately convincing. The book is now 8 years ol [...]

    4. Terrific book about how we MUST save the fresh water that is in the Great Lakes. Sorry all you folks who live in dry climates, but we have to protect the water in the Great Lakes. A great read, as well as an examination of policy issues affecting our water supply.

    5. although it focuses on the great lakes watershed, the arguments and legal protections are instructive for all water resources anywhere. Even before oil should come the question of how do we provide clean drinking water to those who need it without destroying the finite resources we have?

    6. Excellent and sobering discussion. Anyone that is concerned about the future of the Great Lakes, and their enormous store of fresh water (over 20% of the world's fresh water) must read this book.

    7. A timely tome given the issues faced this year by residents near Lake Ontario, water quality issues in other Great Lake states, and all the work in Digital Commons relating to water resources. Who will win, and who will lose remains to be seen, but if we don't become better stewards surely we all lose together.

    8. This book was important reading for me as it gave a lot of information on the history of water management in the Great Lakes region. I would love the next additional come out with the updates to legislation - luckily the website was provided - I will have to continue growing my knowledge from there.

    9. I read this book for Research Nutrition. It opened my eyes to one of the major issues of sustainability. A bit long, but interesting.

    10. This book is an overview about the Great Lakes, water rights, and how the states and provinces in the region are working to control their own destiny and protect their most notable natural resource. The book takes the events up to 2006. The politics of the issue are pretty interesting, in that most of the issues are purely geographic rather than partisan. It is also interesting how the different partners in the Compact view each other. Michigan hates any diversion of water from the drainage basi [...]

    11. Peter Anninn begins his book Great Lakes Water Wars by stating “… if the twentieth century was the century of oil, then the twenty-first century will be the century of water.” and although this is an appropriate beginning to the book considering the title, but more importantly, it reflects the growing importance of water resources and the laws that govern these resources. (Annin 3) The topic of Annin’s book is the Great Lakes and although there are many problems facing the Great Lakes su [...]

    12. As a life long resident of the Great Lakes regions, with the exception of a 2 year stint in South Carolina, the lakes have always inspired a sense of wonder. Growing up in NW Indiana where we were a 10 minute drive to the shores of Lake Michigan we never really thought about water. It wasn't until I was in college at Indiana University in their environmental science program that I really started looking at the lakes as a finite resource that needs to be conserved and respected for its natural wo [...]

    13. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the Great Lakes or is interested in water use conflicts. It's a bit dated (2006) since it ends just after the Great Lakes Compact but before it was ratified. It's still relevant, as evidenced by the proposed diversion of Lake Michigan water outside the Great Lakes Basin for Waukesha, Wisconsin, that is currently under review in Wisconsin before it goes to the other Great Lakes states & provinces under the compact.The author interviewed numerou [...]

    14. The Great Lakes Water Wars was well researched and informative. Author Peter Annin does a great and fair job presenting the many sides of the question of how to best protect the Great Lakes. An increasingly important issue as western states continue to suffer through the worst drought in decades (and maybe centuries) – it is only a matter of time before the politicians and corporate interest in those regions again look to the Great Lakes as the solution to their failed water practices. If you [...]

    15. Really great introduction to some of the issues and policy surrounding the Great Lakes region of North America. While it's a non-fiction account of history and politics, it very approachable and engaging in style and story. It was also valuable to me as a student of the human dimensions of technical systems - it's a great case study of the interplay between watersheds and human worlds. I'd certainly recommend it as a primer on regional issues, so long as you have an interest in the lakes and wat [...]

    16. I was intrigued by the topic and it was on the Chicago Public Library's summer reads for adults - Read Green Live Green. I do value the deliciousness of the Lake Michigan water from my tap and the potential harm that taking it for granted would bring. However, the book should have been edited better and was hard to get through. The illustrations and maps of the Great Lakes Basin and the diversions and damns were nice but couldn't cover the fact the author was not concise. I could have lived with [...]

    17. I started reading this book as a sort of "homework assignment". It's related to my job; I've been peripherally involved in some efforts mentioned in the book; I know some of those folks. I also love the Lakes. I drink Lake Michigan water. And I am an environmentalist. A conservationist.But what I found is that this book is truly a good read in its own right. Well written, well researched, well referenced, it was a breeze to get through, and left me feeling informed and armed with ways to get mor [...]

    18. Anyone interested in Great Lakes water issues, history of water issues, latest information about legislation to protect the resource--this is the book for you! I highly recommend it.Since I'm a Great Lakes environmental activist I was aware of many of the issues in the book so learned more about how all the Great Lakes states and provinces interact. The information is presented objectively and provides resources for follow up or greater research.If you're interested in this book, I own a copy an [...]

    19. 2.5 stars, really. This book was a cutting edge issue brief when it was written But that was a decade ago. Many of the episodes that get entire chapters could probably be condensed now with the benefit of hindsight. A good group of case studies for those deeply interested in water politics, but too old and play-by-play for a general audience.

    20. Important, well-conceived and well-written book. Will satisfy the environmentalists, historians, and policy wonks looking for 20th and 21st century Great Lakes information. Can't wait for the new edition coming from my colleague Peter Annin soon!

    21. I absolutely loved this book. It opened my eyes to a potential future problem I never would have thought could hit so close to home. I enjoyed this book so much, I plan on taking courses in hydrology to further understand the issue. It is very well-written and informative!

    22. I think anyone living in the Great Lakes Region should read this book - it's gives insight into our history and some political happenings that we may otherwise be oblivious to. It gives a greater understanding and respect for the resource we are so fortunate to have.

    23. This book was so interesting and eye opening to the real Great Lakes Region. I believe it is a must read for everyone in or out of the basin, because it is an easy-to-read summary of the regulations on consumption and diversions of Great Lakes water.

    24. It has been said that the 20th century was the century of oil, the 21st century will be the century of water. Great read.

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