Journalist Peter Annin delves deeply into the fraught history of water use in the Great Lakes region and recaps the story of the Chicago River diversion, which reversed the flow of the river, fundamentally transforming the Great Lakes ecosystem. A century later it remains “the poster child of bad behavior in the Great Lakes.” Today, with growing communities and a warming climate, tensions over water use are high, and controversies on the perimeter of the Great Lakes Basin are on the rise. In this new and expanded edition of The Great Lakes Water Wars, Annin shares the stories of New Berlin and Waukesha, two Wisconsin communities straddling the Basin boundary whose recent legal battles have tested the legislative strength of the newly signed Compact. Annin devotes a new chapter to the volatile issue of the invasive Asian carp—a voracious species that reproduces at a disturbing rate—which is transforming the ecology of the river as it makes its way through the Chicago River diversion and ever closer to Lake Michigan.
With three new chapters and significant revisions to existing chapters that bring the story up-to-date over the past decade, this is the definitive behind-the-scenes account of the people and stories behind hard-fought battles to protect this precious resource that makes the region so special for the millions who call it home.
About the Author
— Bob Taft, former Governor of Ohio (R); and former Co-Chair of the Council of Great Lakes Governors
— Jim Doyle, former Governor of Wisconsin (D); and former Co-Chair of the Council of Great Lakes Governors
— Dan Egan, award-winning author of "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes"
— Todd L. Ambs, Director, Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition
— Charles Fishman, best-selling author of "The Big Thirst"
— Cameron Davis, Great Lakes "Czar" under the Obama administration
— Candice S. Miller, Public Works Commissioner, Macomb County; member, Great Lakes Commission, and former Michigan Congresswoman (R)
— Pierre Marc Johnson, former Premier of Québec, international trade negotiator, and adviser to sustainable development organizations
— Jim Nicholas, former Director, Michigan Water Science Center, US Geological Survey
— Michael Reuter, Midwest Division Director, The Nature Conservancy
— Kathryn A. Buckner, President, Council of Great Lakes Industries
— Tim Eder, program officer, C.S. Mott Foundation, former Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission
— Andy Buchsbaum, vice president, National Wildlife Federation
— Joel Brammeier, President and CEO, Alliance for the Great Lakes