As the Great Lakes governors prepare to meet next week in Chicago (on Earth Day, no less!) to begin a public discussion of Waukesha's application for a Lake Michigan diversion
you might want to remember that when the other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces had a crack at reviewing just as a courtesy New Berlin's application for less Lake Michigan water than what Waukesha is asking for some years ago, the other states did not hold back, as I reported in 2007:
Also raising objections were the state of Illinois, and, in an advisory capacity, the Canadian province of Ontario, plus a long list of environmental and conservation organizations that raised significant questions of New Berlin and the DNR about the application's adequacy, accuracy, and completeness.
The State of New York's criticisms were brutal: I summarized them this way in a Capital Times column last year, quoting from the New York document provided through Open Records from the DNR:
"New York officials said the application was without key studies, complete data, adequate water supply descriptions, enough system and geological maps and "descriptions of the situation and feasible options."
"New York," I wrote, "opined that there was "no evidence that the applicant is aware of or familiar with the full range of applicable state and national regulations, laws, agreements or treaties," and cited other deficiencies or possible inaccuracies.
"Additionally, New York observed that "the statement of no cumulative impacts is unsupported by any data in the document and does not address potential cumulative impacts to Lake Michigan water levels, shoreline, other users, water-dependent natural resources, etc.'"
Pretty tough stuff for a document the DNR labeled at the time complete and comprehensive.