Author: City has ‘valid case’ for Great Lakes water
Annin predicts high bar to hurdle for access

By LINDA McALPINE - GM Today Staff 

January 11, 2009

"The Great Lakes Water Wars," written by Peter Annin, a former correspondent with Newsweek, contains a chapter dealing with Waukesha’s water woes. The book contends the war for water is just beginning and it focuses on the issues and people who will be at the front of future water diversions. Annin will make a presentation to the Waukesha common council at its Tuesday meeting.

Peter Annin, a former Newsweek correspondent, is the author of "The Great Lakes Water Wars," which has been called the definitive work on the water diversion controversy surrounding the massive freshwater resource. It includes a chapter about Waukesha’s pursuit of Lake Michigan water, entitled "Waukesha Worries."

Annin, 46, is the associate director for the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources in Madison, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that prepares educational fellowships for environmental journalists.

The Waukesha County Environmental Action League is hosting a reception and book-signing open to the public for Annin from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Martha Merrell’s Books & Cafe, 231 W. Main St., Waukesha.

Annin’s book is available at the Waukesha Public Library, local bookstores and




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This story appeared in The Freeman on January 10, 2009.