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COMMENTARY: In court, the battle for Lake Michigan rages on
The Detroit News (8/26)
In Illinois, the decision on Waukesha’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan will set a precedent that either upholds the protections set by the Great Lakes Compact, or allows many other out-of-basin diversions of Great Lakes water.

Waukesha plan for Lake Michigan water raises worries
The New York Times (8/25)
Waukesha has run smack into a landmark 2008 compact that prohibits large amounts of water from the five Great Lakes from being pumped, trucked, shipped or otherwise moved beyond the system’s natural basin without approval from the governors of each of the eight states that touch a lake.

Public hearing set on Waukesha’s attempt to get Lake Michigan water
The Racine Journal Times (8/16)
The request by Waukesha, Wis., to obtain Lake Michigan water will be the focus of public hearings this week. The meetings are part of a long process Waukesha must complete to acquire water from Lake Michigan.

COMMENTARY: Science, cost don't support Great Lakes diversion plan
Green Bay Press Gazette (8/11)
It's time to hold Waukesha accountable for providing safe and clean water to its residents in a way that is respectful of its own residents, the Great Lakes Compact, and the Great Lakes region, says the executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

Economic impact of the Great Lakes grows as long droughts increase
WKSU - Kent, OH (8/11)
As the Southwestern U.S. struggles with persistent drought, the Great Lakes region is protecting its supply of fresh water -- about a fifth of all the fresh water in the world. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the resource’s changing social and economic influence.

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General Definitions & Abbreviations

bgd: billion gallons per day

bld: billion liters per day

consumptive use: that portion of water withdrawn or withheld from the Great Lakes basin and assumed to be lost or otherwise not returned to the Great Lakes basin due to evapotranspiration, incorporation into products, or other processes (Agreement Article 103; Compact Section 1.2).

Great Lakes surface water (GLSW): the Great Lakes, their connecting channels (the St. Clair River, the Detroit River, the Niagara River and the St. Marys River), and the St. Lawrence River

groundwater (GW): all subsurface water

diversion: a transfer of Water from the basin into another watershed, or from the watershed of one of the Great Lakes into that of another by any means of transfer, including but not limited to a pipeline, canal, tunnel, aqueduct, channel, modification of the direction of a watercourse, a tanker ship, tanker truck or rail tanker but does not apply to water that is used in the basin or Great Lakes watershed to manufacture or produce a product that is then transferred out of the basin or watershed (Agreement Article 103; Compact Section 1.2)

intrabasin transfer: a transfer of water from the watershed of one of the Great Lakes into the watershed of another Great Lake (Agreement Article 103; Compact Section 1.2)

level of accuracy: the quality of data based on percentage of total volume and rated as 1) measured; 2) partially measured or 3) estimated,

level of aggregation: the quality of data based on percentage of total volume and rated as 1) originating from site-specific sources or 2) originating from higher level aggregate sources, such as county or census databases

mgd: million gallons per day

mld: million liters per day

other surface water (OSW): tributary streams, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs within the Great Lakes basin

threshold facility: a facility withdrawing in excess of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Compact/Agreement uniform trigger level of 100,000 U.S. gallons/day (380,000 liters/day) averaged over a 30-day period. A threshold facility is determined by the total withdrawal (or consumption) of all sources combined (Great Lakes-St. Lawrence surface water, other surface water, and groundwater) rather than a single source.

tgd: trillion gallons per day

tld: trillion liters per day

withdrawal amount: the taking of Water from surface Water or groundwater (Agreement Article 103, Compact Section 1.2).