The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this to say about the Wisconsin DNR’s handling of water diversion requests in the past:
Indeed, Wisconsin has a history – albeit a quiet one – of unilaterally approving Lake Michigan diversions, provided the treated wastewater is sent back.
That is the case to the south of Milwaukee, where the City of Kenosha has been supplying water to communities beyond the basin’s dividing line for decades. It is a similar story in the Village of Menomonee Falls, where water has been flowing over the basin dividing line since 1999. The DNR never sought out-of-state approvals for these diversions, which total roughly 1.4 million gallons daily.
What good is the Great Lakes Charter if it will be ignored?