Waukesha's application for a diversion of Lake Michigan water has turned into the policy equivalent of Waiting For Godot.
I checked Monday on the dedicated website put up by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about Waukesha's long-stalled application and there are still no announcements by the DNR of any formal reviews beginning.
Or announcements of even the initial steps in what, by law, is a lengthy environmental impact statement process that will include a tough look at Waukesha's plan to send its wastewater back to Lake Michigan via Underwood Creek in Wauwatosa, then Milwaukee's Menomonee River and valley.
Amazingly, some of the DNR's concerns with the application were raised repeatedly and separately by environmental organizations, including the Waukesha Environmental Action League - - with members and experts right there in Waukesha.
Imagine where this application might in very complex, never-before-initiated process if the Waukesha Water Utility and Common Council were as open to input from those sources as they are wedded to the congesting advice of consultants and attorneys who have helped the City burn through close to one-third of the 18-month rewrite "buffer" incorporated in the application.
An application that still must have multiple hearings, meetings and vetting by all eight Great Lakes states - - with advice considered from two Canadian provinces - - along with potential pre-construction negotiations to find a willing water selling community, plus routing and construction timetables that must lead to a functioning system by June, 2018.