Thursday, March 31, 2016

MI AG: Waukesha, WI water diversion bid misses mark

[Updated] While it is the Michigan Governor who has the all-important vote on Waukesha's precedent-setting application for a diversion of Lake Michigan water,

(a single "no" vote by any of the eight Great Lakes governors sinks the out-of-basin diversion bid, while Canadians are actively exercising their advisory role), a negative review by the Michigan Attorney General will reverberate across the state and the rest of the eight-state Great Lakes region:
Waukesha hasn't proven it needs Lake Michigan water, says Michigan AG 
On Thursday, March 31, Bill Schuette sent a formal letter to the council of Great Lakes governors considering whether to approve the controversial request by Waukesha, Wis., to divert water from the Great Lakes basin. 
More questions about the request need to be answered, Schuette wrote.
"Waukesha's request to divert millions of gallons from Lake Michigan is very serious and unless the strict exception standard is met, should be denied..." 
To get Lake Michigan water, the interstate Great Lakes Compact agreement requires Waukesha prove its has no reasonable alternative water supply and cannot meet demand through conservation efforts.
The city has yet to demonstrate that need, wrote Schuette. 
More questions about the diversion plan have been raised recently and in Canada, other states, and in Wisconsin, for years.

Note this video, too.


Anonymous said...

The population of Waukesha proper is 8,596. Let's round it up to 9,000 to account for those too embarrassed to admit they live in such pro-Scott Walker country.

When people intake a normal 2-liters of water per day, on average, they urinate 800 to 2000 milliliters of urine every 24 hours. For our calculation, let's take the midpoint 1400 milliliters.

9000 residents x 1400 ml x 364 days = 41,277,600,000 milliliters. That is 10,904,387.67 gallons of urine that Waukesha could and should use for their drinking water. This and the local water with radon is good enough for that community. There is no need to drain the great lakes for Waukesha!

Anonymous said...

The City of Waukesha has close to 80,000 residents. The Town has shy of 10,000.

James Rowen said...

Anon. 5:35 p.m. Your population math is off by a factor of 10. Glad others noted it.

Anonymous said...

WOW -- so than the urine that is produced by that community represents nearly 10 days of adequate drinking water for that community. Thanks for correcting the population estimate (the math is accurate, anon got the population off by a factor of 10).

That means that, with their radon water, there is more than enough liquid within Waukesha to quench that community thirst. And remember, they can always drink some Bud swill too!

Anonymous said...

I sure hope this mathematician wasn't representing the opposition to the application during the public comments period.

Anonymous said...

If Michigan's AG is expressing his legal opinion before the vote, Michigan will vote no and he's apparently setting the framework for a legal,defense of the vote.

Note that Wisconsin's AG has not publicly stating his legal opinion prior to the application submission. After all, Scott Walker's vote, and reputation, are at stake. One would think he covered all the bases before rendering a vote to avoid the pending exposure.

Is there a chance the application will be withdrawn before the vote to try and save face for our Governor?

My bet is on Waukesha being pressured to withdraw the application before the April 21st meting of the Regional Body and the hard balls are thrown Waukesha's way. A lot of serious questions will need answers and the hired spinsters won't be of any help.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:17

I checked the public record and these comments, however, using the population for all of Waukesha and surrounding communities the water is requested for, are on the record. At least someone is trying to do something about this and, when the fact that many many more than 100,000 will be contributing urine, the gallons of potential potable water are indeed significant.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why people in Waukesha can falsely claim they need to divert so much Great Lakes water when, as mathematically proved above, they are eliminating plenty of water that is fit for them to drink and which they are fit to drink.

Thanks for posting the irrefutable mathematical proof, anon.