Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

Brief Histories

Over the course of the past few years I have created several posts called “A Brief History of …” where I have tried to summarize events surrounding a particular issue. Here is a list of those posts:

A Brief History of Nestle’s Water Battles in Michigan
Nestle / Ice Mountain contends that the company’s primary issues in the battle are decided — the case has largely been resolved through the Court of Appeals when it decided Nestle has the right to use water under the rules of the state’s reasonable use laws.

A Brief History of the Great Recycling and Northern Development (Grand) Canal Project
The Grand Canal project involves building a dyke across James Bay, separating James Bay from Hudson Bay. James Bay would be transformed from a salt body into a fresh water lake. The now-fresh water James Bay would then annually pump 20% of its runoff to the Great Lakes, whose water could then be redirected to dry regions of the United States and Canada.

A Brief History of the Chicago Diversion
The Chicago diversion is the largest and best known out-of-basin diversion of the Great Lakes.

A Brief History of Great Lakes Diversion Projects
Beginning in 1848, this history puts a time line on the major water diversion projects.

A Brief History of the Great Lakes Charter
In response to the 1982 Wyoming coal slurry proposal, the Ogallala Aquifer regeneration study and other “Grand Proposals” to divert Great Lakes water, the Great Lakes Charter of 1985 is signed by all ten Great Lakes Governors and Premiers. The Charter — a good faith agreement — commits the Governors and Premiers to consult with each other before approving any new or increased diversions or consumptive uses.


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