Monday, March 30, 2009

Groups Call New Berlin Water Diversion Plan Incomplete, Confusing, Deficient

A dozen environmental and conservation groups told the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in written comments that New Berlin's proposal to divert water from Lake Michigan had poor documentation, insufficient water conservation measures and other major deficiencies.

A copy of the groups' statement is here. Similar comments were submitted separately by two national groups.

Even more unsettling: the DNR has yet to say whether it will carryout rule-making to guide the application review, and the review of subsequent applications, or will rely instead on case-by-case analyses without over-arching rules.

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