Palmer Commons - Forum Hall
Peter Annin is the director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation and the author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, the definitive work on the Great Lakes water diversion controversy. Before coming to Northland College in 2015, Peter served as a reporter at Newsweek, the associate director of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, and the managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative. He continues to report on the Great Lakes water diversion issue and published the second edition of the Great Lakes Water Wars in the fall of 2018.About the lecture:
"Great Lakes Water Tension in the 21st Century"
Water diversion controversies continue to make news across the Great Lakes region. From Waukesha, Wisconsin, to the Foxconn factory south of Milwaukee, and the massive century-old water diversion in Chicago, the Great Lakes region continues to struggle with how best to keep Great Lakes water inside the Great Lakes watershed. In recent years, Southeast Wisconsin has emerged as the frontline in the Great Lakes water diversion debate. But the State of Michigan continues to play an influential role in regional water management decisions—as it has for decades. Last Fall Peter Annin published a major revision of his award-winning book, The Great Lakes Water Wars, to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Compact. The book includes chapters about all of the water diversion hotspots mentioned above, as well as many others. His talk will help cut through the confusion surrounding the Great Lakes water diversion debate and put Great Lakes water tensions in a regional, continental and global context.