20% of the world's fresh water is in the 5 Great Lakes of North America. The lakes are what's left over from a giant glacial melt at the end of the last ice age 20 or 30 thousand years ago...which is why the water isn't salty. It's a lucky break for North America and an enticing solution to water problems outside the Midwest.
The lakes are a geographic marvel. They drain half a continent but they are also at the intersection of all kinds of water flow. Water in some places flows into the lakes while other drainage just a few miles or even yards away flows elsewhere into the Mississippi.
The 8 Governors of the Great Lakes states and 2 Canadian provinces want to protect their water resource from being pumped to places south and west experiencing the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. This is all having some strange consequences in some communities around the lakes. Towns that may be near the lakes may not have access to their abundant fresh water.
Take the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Guest: Larry Nelson, mayor of Waukesha, Wisc.