I posted a report about the Department of Natural Resources continuing concerns with the City of Waukesha's troubled and stalled Lake Michigan diversion application - - the agency last week sent Waukesha ten jaw-dropping pages of requests for additional fiscal, legal, and scientific explanations, plans, data, citations, charts, studies, comparisons. - - and it looks like the DNR is telling Waukesha that what its Common Council approved in April after long and expensive preparation needs a do-over.
[I will post the text of the letter Monday.]
Then a short comment showed up that broke through with great clarity:
It's worth re-posting:
"When one reads the DNR letter to Waukesha three things seem certain, no stone will be left unturned, a diversion application is going to cost significantly more than the water utility budgeted (with no predictable outcome), and the cost of a diversion and return flow, or becoming part of MMSD as suggest by the DNR and rejected for consideration by the utility, will likely be significantly more expensive than anticipated.
One would have to believe that rather than continuing the application process, which will likely ultimately conclude that several alternative conceptual plans for a local source of water will have less of an environmental impact and cost less to construct and operate, Waukesha needs to consider all it's options before proceeding further."