The Great Lakes Water Wars
"[An] excellent primer for getting up to speed on what could be
one of the region's most important - and contentious - issues in the
— Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel, Nov 6 2006
"[A] fascinating and ambitious book...Annin walks readers through
a detailed history of projects intended to manipulate the lakes ... [and]
breathes life into the subject of water laws and their related policy.
The book is a policy road map for readers who want to learn about the
proposed Great Lakes Compact … a one-of-a-kind book about Great
Lakes water laws that could wind up being the first of many to come."
— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade, Dec 17 2006
"The Great Lakes Water Wars... offers an intriguing, comprehensive
look at attempts to divert water from the lakes… Annin vividly
brings to focus the water wars embroiling the Great Lakes. [The book]
should be a valuable reference for water and international policy makers,
academics, and public officials...Highly recommended."
— Choice Magazine, Apr 1 2007
"Annin's book serves as a well-researched warning … [about
the] consequences to making the wrong political and economic decisions."
— Jay Burney, ArtVoice, December 2006
"I grew up close to Lake Michigan… and never thought about
the water. Now, Peter Annin comes along with a history of the Great Lakes'
various water-authority shenanigans… an absorbing, compulsively
readable account of a very polarizing issue—who does own the freshwater
in the Great Lakes? With global water shortages looming, Annin makes
[the] case …that the future of the lakes and the region's life
style is at risk. He's given me something to think about next time I
visit my home state."
— Bill Karpowicz, Earthjustice
"This is the definitive book about the fight over Great Lakes
water. The book does for the Great Lakes what Ansel Adams’s photos
did for Yosemite—it shows the world what a precious and irreplaceable
resource the Great Lakes are, and why it is so important that they
— Noah Hall, professor, School of Law, Wayne
"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 Lakes’ vulnerabilities. Everyone
who lives in the Great Lakes Basin should read it; everyone who takes
freshwater for granted should read it."
— Deborah L. Swackhamer,
co-director, Water Resources Center, and professor of environmental
chemistry, University of Minnesota
"Peter Annin has put his
considerable skills as a journalist to good use. The Great Lakes
Water Wars is elegantly
organized, and anchored to a set of marvelous stories. It is
the definitive book on the struggle over the Great Lakes."
— Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public
Policy, University of Arizona and author of
Water Follies: Groundwater
Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters
"Water is the lifeblood of the forty million people who live in the
Great Lakes Basin. The 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 nature’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."
P. Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service, professor University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and University of
Wisconsin System Fellow of Global Conservation