In this March 20, 2013, photo Dean Amhaus, president of The Water Council, stands outside a former factory building that is being renovated to house the Global Water Center in Milwaukee

 

              In this March 20, 2013, photo Dean Amhaus, president of The Water Council, stands outside a former factory building that is being renovated to house the Global Water Center in Milwaukee
In this March 20, 2013, photo Dean Amhaus, president of The Water Council, stands outside a former factory building that is being renovated to house the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. A century ago the seven-story brick building was a symbol of an era when Milwaukee and other cities ringing the Great Lakes were industrial powerhouses since long gone. Now businesses and government leaders in the Great Lakes region are pinning hopes for a return to prosperity on a precious resource: fresh water. (AP Photo/John Flesher)