Wonderful piece by Don Behm about the planned removal of some of the artificial concrete 'channelization' that had been added to the Menomonee River.
Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and other environmentalists had long pushed this policy. Among the benefits on the horizon: a real salmon run.
But it was hard to miss one of the comments under the piece:
The commenter is referring to the Underwood Creek/Menomonee River wastewater return flow route currently listed as the preferred option in Waukesha's Lake Michigan diversion application.This would be part of Waukesha's new sewage disposal system too.
At stake: how does Waukesha meet, in an environmentally-sensitive manner, its legally-mandated obligation to return, as waste water, what it diverted from Lake Michigan without creating flooding and water quality issues for property owners on or near the Creek and River?
Or along any alternative route, since Waukesha has ruled out returning the water, via a pipe, for treatment by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage System.
Though with the City of Oak Creek to Milwaukee's south now Waukesha's preferred, new water supplier - - replacing Milwaukee - - there is more behind-the-scenes talk that the City of Racine, despite State Rep. Cory Mason's strong statements to the contrary, will end up as the eventual Waukesha wastewater discharge route outflow point into Lake Michigan, via the Root River once Waukesha and the DNR green-light Waukesha's application for a diversion of Lake Michigan water.
We'll see. Look for a final decision by Waukesha and the DNR within 60 days, give or take.