Thursday, May 9
by Peter Annin
6:45pm Social Gathering – 7:30pm Presentation Begins
Integrated Learning Center, South Haven High School
600 Elkenburg St
South Haven, MI 49090
“The Great Lakes Compact: A Decade of Lessons Learned” in the SHS Integrated Learning Center May 9.
Acknowledged as the preeminent journalist writing about the Great Lakes, Peter Annin will be presenting at the Speaker Series for a second time. He was the very first presenter when the series was launched in April 2015. This time he’ll review the successes and challenges to the Great Lakes Compact agreement.
A pre-presentation reception will be held at 6:45 p.m. Two entrances will be open to the school: the north entrance with the statue of the ram, and the south entrance to accommodate folks in the south parking lot.
Annin is looking forward to his return noting that he has “fond memories of my first visit to South Haven in 2015 as the inaugural presenter in the series, a program that has clearly flourished since then. During that same time, the Great Lakes water diversion controversy has continued to make headlines. This should make for a very engaging evening on May 9.”
The Great Lakes Water Compact, a model international and interstate agreement intended to preserve the integrity of the Great Lakes is continually challenged, especially in South West Wisconsin. Of particular note has been the Foxconn diversion project that highlights the dilemma of environmental concerns versus job creation.
Annin writes about water tensions in and around the Great Lakes Basin. In 2017 while researching a new edition of his book The Great Lakes Water Wars, he discovered that in 2010 the state of Wisconsin had granted approval for an additional 7.5 million gallons of water per day to the city of Pleasant Prairie without public hearings. No one noticed and the approval is now being challenged as a violation of the spirit of the compact if not its actual language.
Annin is the Director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation. 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 holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Journalism and Columbia University in International Affairs.
His updated edition of The Great Lakes Water Wars was published in the fall of 2018. The original edition is acknowledged as the definite work on the Great Lakes on diversion projects designed to withdraw water from the Great Lakes Basin and was awarded the Great Lakes Book Award for 2007.
The presentation “The Great Lakes Compact: A Decade of Lessons Learned” by Peter Annin was well attended. Here’s some photos from the event.