Residents of Wauwatosa ripped Waukesha's plan to save money on the return flow portion of its Great Lakes water supply plan by dumping treated wastewater into Underwood Creek rather than through discharge piping to Lake Michigan, according to Jim Price at Wauwatosa Patch:
Ald. Dennis McBride of Wauwatosa's 4th District [said] forcefully that Waukesha was only trying to save money at anyone else's expense and that Wauwatosa could not afford even the merest threat of more flooding.
"Just to the east of here was a historic neighborhood that was wiped out by back-to-back 100-year floods," McBride said. "And it hasn't stopped. I hear all the time from my constituents, 'My basement is flooding,' the fears of more flooding.
"No one that I know has said to me, 'Please, Alderman McBride, please send more water down our creek, into our river.'Their concerns are not new - - the DNR has indicated that the entire return flow issue is a weighty one - - and the Wauwatosans concerns immediately bring to mind two relevant items:
* What a Racine-area state legislator said when Waukesha was thinking of discharging its wastewater down the Root River, in his district: