SOUTH HAVEN — Peter Annin will be presenting at the South Haven Speaker Series for the second time, this Thursday evening, when he reviews the successes and challenges of the Great Lakes Compact agreement.

He was the very first presenter when the series was launched in April 2015, according to a news release.

A pre-presentation reception will be held at 6:45 p.m. Two entrances will be open to the school: the north entrance, and the south entrance to accommodate folks in the south parking lot.

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 Southwest Wisconsin. Of particular note has been the Foxconn diversion project that highlights the dilemma of environmental concerns vs. 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 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, Annin 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 has been 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.