Thursday, April 22, 2010

Waukesha's Lake Michigan Diversion Application - - Hurry Up, And Wait

Though the Waukesha Common Council approved on April 8th the filing of an application with the Wisconsin Department of Wisconsin for a Lake Michigan diversion, the document won't be sent to the DNR until "early next week," said Daniel Duchniak, Waukesha's water utility general manager, in an email Wednesday evening.

I see something to a pattern: On the one hand, Waukesha has said repeatedly that time is of the essence in getting the application process underway because of the 2018 legal deadline for meeting federal clean water standards.

On the other hand, the application's completion was delayed more than once in 2009 and early 2010.

You'd have thought that once the Waukesha Council approved it on April 8th, the application would have been shot out of a cannon to the DNR's offices in Madison, or at least forwarded with a keystroke so the requisite, multiple reviews could begin.

Apparently not.

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