Michigan's Review Process Regarding the Great Lakes Water Diversion Application by the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin

An interagency review committee is working to analyze an application submitted by the state of Wisconsin on January 7, 2016 to the Great Lakes Compact Council and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body to divert water from the Great Lakes basin to the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Waukesha is under court order by the state of Wisconsin to address unacceptable levels of radium (a carcinogen) in its current groundwater supply of drinking water. Because Waukesha is located in a county that straddles the Great Lakes basin, it may apply for an exception to divert water under the Great Lakes Compact.

The Great Lakes Compact of 2008, signed by all eight states and two provinces included in the basin, prohibits water diversions from the Great Lakes except under strictly limited circumstances.

As part of the application process, the City of Waukesha must receive approval from all eight Compact states. Michigan will review the application, identify any potential environmental impacts and evaluate all public comments prior to making a recommendation.

To gather public input, the DEQ held two informational meetings on February 9, 2016 at Lansing Community College West Campus. The meetings were available to online viewers through a livestream channel.

Public comments were accepted by the State of Michigan on the application until March 1, 2016.  All comments will be evaluated by the Michigan review committee and then summarized and forwarded to the Regional Body and to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council prior to their March 14 deadline.

Further details and information can be viewed at: www.waukeshadiversion.org and the City of Waukesha’s actual application can be viewed at: www.waukeshaapplication.com

Documents and information pertaining to the review process will be uploaded to this website under the heading below.

The DEQ promotes wise management of Michigan's air, land and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities and vibrant economy.


Michigan Technical Review Documents

Michigan’s Comments on Wisconsin’s Technical Review for the City of Waukesha’s Proposed Water Diversion

Michigan's Great Lakes Compact Summary of Tribal Government and Public Comments

Michigan Review Committee Questions and Wisconsin DNR Responses (Third Supplemental)

Michigan Review Committee Questions and Wisconsin DNR Responses (Second Supplemental)

Michigan Review Committee Questions and Wisconsin DNR Responses (Supplemental)

Michigan Review Committee Questions and Wisconsin DNR Responses (Original) 

Presentation Slides - Waukesha Public Information Meetings - February 9, 2016