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Nestlé controversy a fresh water wakeup call
The Star (10/12)
The ongoing water controversy between the community of Guelph, Ontario, and the Nestlé water bottling plant has thrown the issue of water access and availability into the spotlight.

Oscoda toxic PFC groundwater plumes approaching Lake Huron
MLive (9/13)
More private drinking wells are testing positive for toxic fluorocarbons leaching from the former Michigan Wurtsmith Air Force Base and the chemical plumes have crossed an inland lake on their way to Lake Huron.

EDITORIAL: Ontario’s review of water bottling is overdue
The Toronto Star (9/6)
Water bottling companies in Ontario extract millions of liters of water each day and truck it out of the watersheds it emerges from. A review of that practice is long overdue.

War over water in the land of plenty
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/3)
In the Central Sands region of Wisconsin, thousands of high capacity wells support a multi-billion dollar agriculture industry. All those wells are taking a toll on local ground and surface water.

Nestle continues to extract water from Ontario town despite drought: activists
The Globe and Mail (8/21)
Environmentalists are urging the Ontario government against renewing one of Nestle’s water-taking permits in a southwestern Ontario town, saying “water should be for life, not for profit.”

$1M in Michigan budget to address toxic PFC plumes in Oscoda
MLive (6/30)
Included in Michigan's $55 billion fiscal 2017 budget, is $1 million to help Oscoda, Mich., residents with toxins in their wells from Wurtsmith Air Force Base connect to safe water.

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General Resources
The Importance of Ground Water in the Great Lakes Region
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Ground water is a major natural resource in the Great Lakes region because it indirectly contributes more than 50 percent of the stream discharge to the Great Lakes. This report is an excellent evaluation of ground water conditions and issues in the region, illustrated with numerous figures and maps.

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50 Ways Farmers Can Protect Their Groundwater
U. of Illinois College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
Topics include reducing contamination risks from fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides, managinge pests with an integrated pest management program, improving chemical application, evaluating a site with groundwater protection in mind, and testing and treating water.

A Primer on Fresh Water
Environment Canada
Designed for educators, communities and organizations in a position to develop learning resources to enable Canadians to better understand their environment.

Groundwater Education in Michigan Program
Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The GEM program helps people understand the relationship between their actions and the quality of their environment, particularly groundwater. GEM has a network of community groups and universities across the state who initiate projects and share information about protecting groundwater.

Groundwater Education Strategy
Great Lakes Commission
This document lays out a framework to promote groundwater education programs in the region made up of findings of the Groundwater Education Task Force and its education roundtables.

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Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Pesticides and Groundwater Strategy
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Describes the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's strategy, principles for addressing the protection of groundwater through the implementation of Best Management Practices and other prevention activities and plans for groundwater monitoring, information dissemination and recordkeeping. February 1996.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
From The Changing Illinois Environment: Critical Trends, 1994.

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GLIN: Rivers and Lakes in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Water Quality in the Great Lakes Region

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