A council representing the eight Great Lakes states has approved a Wisconsin town's application to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan.
Today, the Great Lakes Compact Council unanimously approved Waukesha's plan to siphon water from Lake Michigan.
The town says the groundwater wells on which it has long relied are contaminated with radium, creating the need for a clean drinking water source.
It needed permission from each Great Lakes state to use Lake Michigan water because it lies just outside the Great Lakes watershed.
Michigan Representatives Candice Miller (R- 10) and Debbie Dingell (D-12) issued this statement, disagreeing with the decision:
“We strongly disagree with today’s vote by the Great Lakes Compact Council approving Waukesha’s request to divert over 8 million gallons of water from Lake Michigan per day. There is nothing more instinctively wrong to Michiganians than to allow for the diversion of the precious, finite resource our magnificent lakes provide.
“Waukesha has known about elevated radium levels in their water supply for decades and has failed to act. Now, taking the easy way out, they are asking to siphon water from Lake Michigan. The fact is, they do not meet the criteria required to divert water from the Great Lakes and have not exhausted all alternatives as required by the Compact.
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