Waukesha wants Lake Michigan water, opponents say it would be a bad precedent
The City of Waukesha hopes to divert water from Lake Michigan to help solve water supply issues. The Wisconsin DNR studied the potential of the diversion plan and found Waukesha lacks adequate water supply. The DNR said it's current aquifer is running low and there's radium in some current groundwater.
Opponents of the diversion plan say this is the first time the Great Lakes Compact is being tested. They say water diversion requires extraordinary circumstances - something they don't believe Waukesha experiences.
There are two public hearings Tuesday, August 18:
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI 1:00 PM presentation, 2:00 PM Public Hearing
- Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine, WI 5:30 PM Presentation, 6:30 PM Public Hearing