Last-minute comments in opposition - - electronic form, here - - to the precedent-setting but scientifically-unjustified diversion of Great Lakes water to Waukesha, WI should stress that Wisconsin's Governor, his 'chamber-of-commerce" Department of Natural Resources, the State Legislature and Supreme Court are now controlled and coordinated by corporately-directed and ideologically-committed officials or appointees.
They have weakened state water law and regulatory oversight and cannot be trusted to provide the necessary and principled public water oversight which is at the core of the eight-state US/Canadian 2008 Great Lakes Compact that governs such diversions.
Read about the lack of public water concern - - as policy in Wisconsin - - here.
WI heading for more groundwater privatization, pollution and scarcity
Read about the Wisconsin Attorney General joining with Gov. Walker, big-water user special interests and the DNR to green-light the giveaway of state groundwater and give up regulatory authority, here:
As predicted, WI AG endorses public waters' giveawayAnd read about the internal pressures at the DNR which have led and fed the intentional disregard of public water rights and oversight in Wisconsin - - as described by people with first-hand experience at the DNR - - here.
this summary from an Ohio website about the diversion review process and Wisconsin's capitulation on groundwater management:
In a letter made public Thursday, the coalition of conservation groups cited an opinion by Wisconsin's state attorney general released last month that cast doubt on the state's authority to manage, regulate, and enforce conditions the Compact Council may require when approving a diversion.
Although the Compact authorizes legal actions to compel compliance, the conservation groups are calling on Wisconsin to state, for the record, that it has this authority, and is willing and prepared to use this authority, when the Compact Council meets to vote on June 21.