Friday , 30 September 2016

WAUKESHA WATER DECISION PUTS REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON WISCONSIN’S ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT

Waukesha scored a victory with the historic June 21, 2016 agreement to let the Milwaukee suburb draw 8.2 million gallons per day of drinking water from Lake Michigan. But following a years-long negotiation, both the state of Wisconsin and city of Waukesha had to make some concessions. A couple of these requirements may add to the scrutiny the state’s Department of Natural Resources faces following an audit released June 3 that detailed staffing shortages and lax enforcement at the agency. Based on the agreement, Waukesha must return as much water to Lake Michigan as it draws. After treatment, the city’s water utility will pump this water via the Root River, which empties into the lake near Racine. http://www.wpr.org/waukesha-water-decision-puts-regional-spotlight-wisconsins-environmental-enforcement

 

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