The City of Waukesha will hold a meeting tonight in Racine about its plan to move millions of gallons of Waukesha waste water via the Root River daily through Racine despite State Rep. Cory Mason's long-standing objection to his city becoming "Waukesha's toilet."
State Rep. Cory Mason, (D-Racine) - - a member of the Legislature's influential Joint Finance Committee - - has on more than one occasion opposed Waukesha's proposed Lake Michigan diversion plan because it wants to use the Root River through Racine and that city's harbor as the Waukesha waste water return flow route:
'Racine Is Not Waukesha's toilet," Mason has said.Or 'Not in our River,' Racine has reiterated.
Among Racine's concerns: adding millions of gallons of waste water daily to a river with known flooding problems.Waukesha has deflected or dismissed Racine's concerns; potential pollution and flooding issues were aired in a Journal Sentinel piece yesterday:
Wastewater must meet stringent pollution controls before it could be discharged to a lake tributary so Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak says using the river to return the flow to the lake will boost water quality in the stream.The informational meeting in Racine - - not a public hearing, though comments will be collected - - will be run by Waukesha officials beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Gateway Technical College Racine Campus Conference Center, in the Great Lakes Room 116, 1001 S. Main St., Racine
But pouring treated wastewater into the river will further degrade the already impaired river in violation of the federal Clean Water Act, according to state Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) and several environmental groups...
Racine Mayor John Dickert said he is "utterly disappointed" that Waukesha has not committed to long-term monitoring of Root River water quality to gauge how its discharge would impact the stream.
Monitoring likely will be done, Duchniak said. He expects the state Department of Natural Resources to require regular tests of water quality in the river as part of a discharge permit.
Another meeting - - the fourth in the region - - will be held in downtown Milwaukee Monday, Nov. 18, at the Zilber School of Public Health, the Triplex Rooms 109, 119 and 129, at 1240 N. 10th St.