Senate resolution opposes Wisconsin city's proposal to divert Lake Michigan water

Michigan Radio, May 11, 2016
Author: Virginia Gordon

The resolution says Waukesha's request does not meet some of the requirements set by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact for permitting a water diversion.

"We believe that they've overestimated their required number of gallons, number one, and number two, that the discharge does not go back into the Great Lakes basin even though it pulls from the Great Lakes basin," said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, one of the resolution's sponsors.

"I don't want there to be any erosion of that ground-breaking compact," Proos said. He said it's particularly important to adhere to the strict standards of the compact because Waukesha is the first community to seek approval for a diversion of Great Lakes water under the compact.