Including the Metropolitan Milwaukee (sic) Association of Commerce:
From Biz Times Daily enews Feb 5 2010
Mission statement from their webpage:
The Sustainable Water Supply Coalition (SH2OSC) is a growing alliance of regional businesses and organizations
focused on advancing our region as a global water hub focusing on water technology, and water
industry development through the review and support of sound sustainable water use initiatives.
Coalition seeks to bring Lake Michigan water to Waukesha
The business organizations in southeastern Wisconsin, has been formed to advocate for water policy issues, including access to Lake Michigan water for the city of Waukesha.
“Our first order of business will be to help secure a for the city of Waukesha,” the coalition announced today. “We believe our own ‘backyard’ challenges, such as the city of Waukesha’s need to attain court-ordered radium compliance, must be solved with broad community support for this region to become a true ‘water hub.’”
The coalition’s members include the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce, Quad/Graphics Inc. and Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
The coalition is not intended to compete with the M7 Water Council, said Steve Baas, government relations director with the MMAC and vice chair of the coalition. Instead, it is intended as an that will focus on specific water-related issues.
“What (the coalition) is doing is on a practical project-by-project basis is to advocate on a more specific basis the philosophy that the Water Council is pushing on a more general basis,” Baas said.
Helping the city of Waukesha gain access to brought the coalition together, Baas said, because of the precedent it will set for other municipalities and counties.
“Waukesha… has the potential to serve as a template for responsible intra-basin diversions,” he said. “If you proceed from the premise that access to Great Lakes water is an economic advantage, it’s to our region’s advantage to draw who has access as broadly as possible. We want to be sure we are maximizing our regional advantage with the competitive advantage we were able to get in the (Great Lakes Water Compact).”
For more information about the coalition, visit www.sh2osc.com. Coalition, an alliance of