Great Lakes Month in Review: Panel recommends "yes" vote to governors on Waukesha water proposal

May 31, 2016

A Wisconsin city wants to divert water from Lake Michigan because it’s own drinking water supply is contaminated. Now, the city of Waukesha is one step closer to its goal. We get the latest on the Waukesha water diversion issue and others with commentator Gary Wilson. He joins us for the May edition of Great Lakes Month in Review.


For months, a panel representing the eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes have been deliberating over a request by the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan. Waukesha is an inland suburb west of Milwaukee. The city’s own well water supply is contaminated by radium, so Waukesha is under an EPA mandate to find another source.

Since we talked about Waukesha last month, the Wisconsin city moved closer to getting its wish. The panel voted to approve the city’s request, but with two key conditions.

Current State talks about the Waukesha issue and other environmental stories that made the news in May with Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson.

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