Thursday, April 14, 2016

Karma? Key Great Lakes diversion session falls on Earth Day

So the eight Great Lakes Governors who have the final call on Waukesha's controversial and precedent-setting Lake Michigan water diversion application are holding their two-day meeting on the matter in Chicago on April 21 and 22nd - - the 22nd being the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration organized by former Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson:
As the eight Great Lakes Governors continue to review Waukesha's application for a precedent-setting diversion of Lake Michigan water - - with their public discussions beginning next week in Chicago - - a County Executive in the Great Lakes State of Pennsylvania has urged her Governor to vote down the application because Waukesha's city leadership "failed to justify the need, did not consider all plausible alternatives and proposes to divert Great Lakes Water to communities that do not exhibit a need."
Other officials and media regionally have advised against the application's approval, and 99% of the more than 11,000 comments filed with reviewers are in opposition.

Some background, here, and below is the meetings' schedule from the official public notice:
April 21, 2016 1:00 p.m. CDT
April 22, 2016 9:00 a.m. CDT
University of Illinois-Chicago
Student Center East
750 S. Halsted – Illinois AB
Chicago, IL 60607
University of Illinois-Chicago
Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue – Thompson AB
Chicago, IL 60612
If resolution is not reached by April 22, 2016, the Regional Body will recess and continue its meeting on May 10 and 11, 2016.  The location of the continued meeting will be announced on the Waukesha Diversion Website at


Anonymous said...

Finally some decision regarding a Wisconsin issue will be made by individuals (group) that hasn't been pre-bought and paid for. More importantly if the decision is not allowed to happen (Great Lakes diversion) Walker will not be able to go to his personal kangaroo court to reverse the decision. The bought and paid for Wisconsin Supreme Court should have no jurisdiction in this matter.

Angie E. Van Scyoc said...

I believe in karma....

The amount of opposition to this diversion is staggering and from all accounts, well deserved.

I can only speak knowledgeably about the expanded Water Service Area - in my opinion they wanted it more than breath even though we (the Town of Waukesha) told them from our understanding of the Compact it was a diversion approval deal killer.

Seems they have bigger issues that will potentially kill this application but what I know for sure is they went forward as though important requirements and details somehow didn't matter - perhaps magically political pressure would pave the way.

Major miscalculation. One of many.