STATE QUIETLY INCREASED PLEASANT PRAIRIE WATER DIVERSION LIMITS
In 2010, the WDNR approved a massive new increase of diverted water from Lake Michigan to Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha County without extensive public review as required in other Great Lakes water diversions. WDNR increased Pleasant Prairie’s water diversion from 3.2 million gallons per day to 10.69 million gallons per day.
This action gave Kenosha County the right to take millions of gallons of more water a day out of the basin. The water will go to fuel growth in areas of the village along I-94 corridor, which is out of the Lake Michigan basin. Now, the Compact Implementation Coalition are raising questions with WDNR about transparency and lack of public process for this increase in Great Lakes water being diverted out of the basin.