DNR to advance Waukesha water diversion bid to Great Lakes governors

DNR to advance Waukesha Water Diversion Bid to the Great Lakes Governors Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 29, 2015
Author: Don Behm

The City of Waukesha has the next six months to make its case for a Lake Michigan water supply in front of the Conference of Great Lakes Governors, where it needs the unanimous consent of the group.

After 51/2 years of scrutiny and revisions, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday it would forward Waukesha's request for lake water to the other seven states for review.

The DNR took that step after finding the application meets requirements of a Great Lakes protection compact and could be approved.

Even so, the vote of one Great Lakes state against the plan would block the city from building a proposed $207 million network of pipes and pumps to divert lake water to Waukesha and return the flow as treated wastewater to the lake.

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