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Series: Waukesha And Lake Michigan Water

The Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha received approval in 2016 to draw drinking water from Lake Michigan after a years-long bid to replace its radium-tainted groundwater supply. Waukesha became the first community not located within the Great Lakes Basin to gain access to this water source. The decision marked an historic test of the binational Great Lakes Compact between the U.S. and Canada governing use of the five lakes. As Waukesha prepares to start accessing the water by the early 2020s, controversies continue over how it will affect state and regional waterways and the precedent it sets in Great Lakes water policy.
In 2016, Waukesha gained approval under the Great Lakes Compact to divert water from Lake Michigan. But now cities surrounding in the U.S. and Canada are challenging the decision. Scott Gordon with WisContext discusses the legal issues at the center of the dispute.
A first of-its-kind vote at Great Lakes Compact hearing approved a diversion of water from Lake Michigan to supply the city of Waukesha.
Waukesha is in the process of gaining approval to divert Great Lakes water to the county. It would mark the first time an area outside the Great Lakes basin has been approved to use Lake Michigan water.
As the 10-year anniversary of the Great Lakes Compact arrives, environmental reporter Ron Seely discusses his reporting on the impact that the agreement has had on the status of the lakes and their water.
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Waukesha has been approved to divert water from Lake Michigan under the terms of the Great Lakes Compact. Racine Mayor John Dickert discusses his and other mayors' opposition to this decision.
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The plan to divert water from Lake Michigan for use by the city of Waukesha has come under fire from mayors in the Great Lakes region. Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly discusses the approval under the Great Lakes Compact and its goal of acquiring safe drinking water for the city.
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Researchers with UW-Madison and others analyzed groundwater data collected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2000 to 2018. They found radium levels were trending upward in wells drawing from a regional aquifer underlying the southern two-thirds of the state.
Waukesha scored a victory with the historic June 21, 2016 agreement to let the Milwaukee suburb draw 8.2 million gallons per day of drinking water from Lake Michigan. But following a years-long negotiation, both the state of Wisconsin and city of Waukesha had to make some concessions.
The city of Waukesha says it's moving ahead with plans to pipe in drinking water from Lake Michigan. But there could be a snag.