(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.
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