Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

December 12, 2006

Wisconsin has a history of quiet water diversions

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?

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  1. I moved to a canal lot with access to Lake St Clair in 1996. At that time the water levels were very high and even threatening flooding. Suddenly in 1999 the water levels began drastically dropping. They have continued to drop ever since. Between the Chicago River diversions and the Wisconsin diversions it seems that the current flooding conditions in the midwest and along the Mississippi River is being caused by these diversions. We need to STOP these diversions and let nature take its course!

    Comment by Dianne Miller — June 17, 2008 @ 7:12 am | Reply

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