Waukesha can’t be trusted with Great Lakes water

Port Huron Times Herald, March 1, 2016
Authors: Sandy Hamm, Steve Edlund, Stevena Schmuki

But no. The city’s land use plan shows the city expanding to the south, west and north and developing big box retail, commercial and industrial development along both sides of a five-mile stretch of state highway. Subdivisions march further outward.

Those of us who have followed and studied this issue for years have done so because we are concerned about our water resources, and we certainly care that all residents of our state have access to clean, safe drinking water. We believe the alternate solutions for Waukesha are many and come at a significantly lower cost — for ratepayers and for protection of our most precious freshwater resource.

Based on the city's history of mismanaging its resources, its continuing expansions and its cursory interpretation of the Great Lakes Compact, Waukesha has not made its case for diversion and cannot be trusted to determine this important precedent for the Great Lakes.