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Invasive Species in the Great Lakes: Costing Us Our Future

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:00

Preliminary research suggests that the annual cost to the Great Lakes region from invasive species introduced by shipping may be upwards of $200 million dollars a year because invasions limit the ability of the natural ecosystem to support fisheries, raw water uses, and wildlife watching.

Trends in Water Privatization (Fact Sheet)

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 00:51

The Post-Recession Economy and the Fight for Public Water in the United States. A new wave of water privatization formed in the wake of the recent financial crisis. With municipal budgets in the red, various cities and towns across the country considered auctioning off their water and sewer systems to generate funds. But the sale or lease of water assets is not a smart way to balance budgets. Privatization could further weaken public finances, jeopardize water resources, and saddle generations of consumers with debt.

Priceless: The Market Myth of Water Pricing Reform (Fact Sheet)

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 00:47

In many regions across the United States, rising water demand is straining available supplies. In theory, increasing water prices to drive down consumption appears to be a neat and easy solution, but it alone is no panacea for our country’s water management challenges. Communities need effective strategies to promote sustainable water use, encourage conservation and renewour valuable water infrastructure.

Jobs Related to the Great Lakes

on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 00:29

Brief overview of the jobs related to the Great Lakes by state and by industry.

Great Lakes Commons Initiative

on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:27

This is the place where we will meet to discuss the Great Lakes Commons Initiative. In November 2010 a consortium of Canadian and American organizations met to discuss the health of the Great Lakes.  They concluded that the sustainability of this critical bio-region could be best sustained if the Lakes were considered a commons.

A Peoples Plan to Protect the Great Lakes forever

on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:12


A new report from the Council of Canadians calls for the allocation of significant resources to protecting the Great Lakes as a Commons, a Public Trust and a Protected Bioregion.