It takes a while for information to jell and get noticed, but now traditional media - - The Daily Reporter - - is picking up an issue that has been front-and-center on this blog and among environmental groups for a long time:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Waukesha intends to supply new residents with Lake Michigan water in a vastly expanded water delivery service territory, and within that new territory is considerable environmental corridor acreage which is intended to be preserved.
Details and the map provided to Waukesha laying out the new water delivery area by the regional planning commission are here.
It is one thing for Waukesha to say it wants Lake Michigan water to eliminate its dependency on wells it has over-used, and which are providing harder water with naturally-occurring radium.
It's another to seek Lake Michigan water through a precedent-setting diversion to enable growth at and beyond its borders.
The Great Lakes Compact, under which Waukesha is applying for water, is not a sprawl-enabling plan.
Its goals are water preservation and sustainability.
Waukesha will bellyache about this interpretation, and claim its plans are the greatest thing for the environment since the invention of the word "green," but there is no way that it can extend services so far to its south and west without adding considerably to its carbon footprint, adding to road demand and pulling capital from its own downtown, where resources are used most efficiently.
To say that Waukesha's Great Lakes diversion application is on thin ice is not a cheesy winter metaphor.