Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Attention Great Lakes water-diverting Governors: It was always about development

[Update] These people are without shame:
Waukesha's business community applauds water ruling
About the diversion's approval - - here's a profile of the DNR - - the Wisconsin water management agency which promises to enforce (wink-wink) what is supposed to be a conservation agreement.

Also - - Take it from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce - - southeastern Wisconsin's regional chamber of commerce: the Waukesha diversion, as a Waukesha business group said long ago, is all about growth - - as the Waukeshabusiness community has been saying since 2010 - - and not the conservation of a world-class finite fresh water supply:

Great Lakes Governors Give unanimous boost to regional economy
Today representatives from the Great Lakes states and provinces unanimously approved the City of Waukesha's request to use and return water from Lake Michigan. This approval is the first for a great lakes water request from a "straddling community" - a municipality located outside of the Great Lakes Basin but within a county that has areas within the it. Providing communities like these access to Great Lakes water was one of MMAC's priorities when lobbying for the Great Lakes Compact.

Access to abundant fresh water resources is a major advantages of the southeastern Wisconsin regional economy. By allowing the Great Lakes Compact to work as designed and approving the Waukesha request after an extremely rigorous review and amendment process, the Great Lakes governors made a strong statement that environmental protection and economic vitality need not be mutually exclusive goals for the region.

Under the Waukesha request, 100% of the water diverted from the Great Lakes will be returned via the Root River. The review by the Great Lakes Compact regional body showed that under Waukesha's diversion plan both the amount and the quality of water in the Great Lakes basin would increase.

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Steve Baas
MMAC Senior VP of Governmental Affairs


Anonymous said...

Now that they have access, Waukesha will take whatever it wants for whatever purpose it wants -- agreement be damned -- WHO'S GONNA ENFORCE IT? SCOTTY'S DNR?!?!?!?!?!

This is BS and there will be lawsuits.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous Of course there will be lawsuits, that what the left does. Act 10, RTW, John Doe, prevailing wage, school choice, voter ID, redistricting, on and on and on. But, keep it up, I enjoy seeing the left kicked around.

CJ said...

Check their FEC reports and see which governors benefit campaign wise from their decision. Follow the money. Always follow the money.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

You really have nothing going on, do you dead-ender? You certainly don't value quality of life, that's obvious.

And by the way, outside of Wisconsin kangaroo court at the Capitol, it ain't the "left" getting kicked around these days. And more is to come, suburb boy.

Anonymous said...

@anon 6:22

Not everyone in Waukesha County will be pleased with this decision. It's the city of Waukesha residents that foot the bill at the expense of growth in Waukesha County.

Think about this smart-ass.

Water bills (and sewer)in the city are going to triple within the next year because the water utility and the city combined don't have sufficient credit to bond this white elephant. So the financial model involves a pay-as-you-go component.

City of Waukesha residents will has enormous water/sewer bills for, at minimum 6 years before they see 1 freakin' drop of Lake Michigan water. Even then the bills will never drop because they will be paying to maintain 2 utilities, the piping infrastructure, and Waukesha's distribution system and administration.

There was never a fiscal socio-economic study performed on the impact to the poor, elderly, minority and handicapped populations of the City of Waukesha.

Add to the that the discriminatory rate structure currently in place where commercial and industrial customers pay a declining rate structure whereas residential rates are increased the more you use. You have more than a 4 member family, it's already expensive.

There's plenty to sue for. In the end, I've made up my mind to leave the city before my property value plummets.

You'd have to be a real time dumb ass to stay.

Anonymous said...

James you're update was hilarious!

The J/S article interviews business leaders in Waukesha County whom are so glad their employees won't need to worry about Radium in their drinking water because they're switching to a Lake Michigan option.

The court ordered deadline is June 30,2018. The project won't be completed until 2021 at the very earliest. Waukesha is planning to seek a court ordered deadline extension to be Radium compliant for another 5 to 6 years.

If they were all concerned about Radium, Waukesha should have stopped pursuit of Lake Michigan water and became radium compliant just like every other community in Waukesha County on the deep aquifer, like Pewaukee.

Anonymous said...

Didn't one of the last proposals submitted by Waukesha remove or downplay the reference to radium in the water?

Anonymous said...

Waukesha used the radium issue to justify needing another source of water to meet the 2018 deadline. When they released a memo in 2014 saying they couldn't meet the deadline and planned to ask a judge for an extension until 2020 (now 2021) they could no longer claim the justified need as a contaminated water supply. The Regional Body in their findings clearly state that Waukesha must be Radium compliant by a June 30, 2018 court order. They may have been throwing the opposition a bone.