The Great Lakes Water Wars

The Great Lakes Water Wars

by Peter Annin
Great Lakes/Non-fiction
Island Press
Paperback, 320 pages
$30.00

Since just 1960, Central Asia’s Aral Sea, formerly the world’s 4th largest lake, has lost 90 percent of its surface area and 75 percent of its volume – all the result of human diversions and interventions! Is that the fate of our Great Lakes? The Great Lakes Basin holds some six quadrillion gallons (5000 cubic miles!) of fresh water and represents about 20 percent of all the fresh surface water on the earth. Former Newsweek correspondent and new co-director of Northland College’s Center for Fresh Water Innovation, Annin writes the definitive and accessible account of the issues related to the growing competition for the water resources of the Great Lakes. By extrapolation it is the account of the global crisis. Published in 2006, the book is due for a dusting-off and updating in the coming couple of years, but don’t wait for that, read it now!