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Turning the Tide: Investing in Wastewater Infrastructure to Create Jobs and Solve the Sewage Crisis in the Great Lakes

August 17, 2010

This report highlights five cities in the Great Lakes that face the challenge of crumbling wastewater infrastructure without the funds to fix the problem.

Great Lakes Restoration and the Threat of Global Warming

May 17, 2008

This report synthesizes current climate change science and presents the likely impacts that warming temperatures will have on the Great Lakes, including lower lake levels, more sewage overflows, and increased pressure to divert water.

Place-Specific Benefits of Great Lakes Restoration: A Supplement to the ‘Healthy Waters’ Report

February 17, 2008

The Healthy Waters, Strong Economy report finds that major Great Lakes cities will see economic gains between $200 million to $13.3 billion if the Great Lakes are restored.

Healthy Waters, Strong Economy: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystem

September 17, 2007

This cost-benefit analysis, conducted by the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, finds that every $1 investment to improve the health of the Great Lakes will produce almost $2 in economic benefit to the region.

Cultivating Restoration: How Farm Bill Conservation Programs Help Heal Our Great Lakes

February 17, 2007

This report on the Farm Bill shows how the hard work of local stewards is critical to protecting the Great Lakes, but their success is at risk unless programs are expanded and fully funded under the next Farm Bill.

Prescription for Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection and Restoration: Avoiding the Tipping Point of Irreversible Changes

December 17, 2005

The prescription paper describes how the cumulative threats to the Great Lakes are weakening the immune system of the lakes—making it harder for the ecosystem to respond to new threats such as pollution and invasive species.