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September 15, 2008
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The Author of "The Great Lakes Water Wars"

To Speak at UMD

September 24

Peter Annin.

The UMD Center for Freshwater Research and Policy (CFRP) will host a presentation by the CFRP's 2008 Distinguished Aquatic Speaker, Peter Annin, on his book "The Great Lakes Water Wars," on September 24, at 7 p.m. in the UMD Weber Music Hall.

Annin is associate director of the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and former correspondent with Newsweek.

The event is free and the public is cordially invited.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

The Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth, and more than 40 million Americans and Canadians live in their basin. Will we divert water from the Great Lakes, causing them to end up like Central Asia's Aral Sea, which has lost 90 percent of its surface area and 75 percent of its volume since 1960? Or will we come to see that unregulated water withdrawals are ultimately catastrophic?

Peter Annin writes a fast-paced account of the people and stories behind these upcoming battles. Destined to be the definitive story for the general public as well as policymakers, The Great Lakes Water Wars is a balanced, comprehensive look behind the scenes at the conflicts and compromises that are the past-and future-of this unique resource.

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