Great Lakes states guard their water

The Arizona Republic, October 6, 2015
Author: Patrick Leary

Take Waukesha, Wis., for example.

Waukesha is a suburb of Milwaukee, located about 20 miles west. It is the seventh largest city in Wisconsin, with roughly the population of Flagstaff. It’s the seat of Waukesha County, immediately to Milwaukee County’s west and in range of cooling Lake Michigan breezes.

The city straddles but does not border Lake Michigan. So under the terms of the compact, signed in 2008, Waukesha is not entitled to drinking water from the lakes.

“The reason for the Great Lakes Compact is so we can protect the greatest natural asset that we have in this region and to make sure that it’s viable environmentally and economically in the long run,” Kehl said.