Just miles away from Lake Michigan, Wisconsin town is parched

Jul 18, 2013

Waukesha has long struggled with radium levels in water supply and looks to Lake Michigan for a safer water source.
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Waukesha, Wisconsin is on a quest for water; its groundwater supply is dwindling and contaminated.  Although the town is less than 20 miles away from Lake Michigan, it falls west of the Great Lakes basin line, which means no water without permission from the Great Lakes Compact.

Gary Wilson, journalist for Great Lakes Echo and former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall, discuss what Waukesha’s quest for water means for the Great Lakes.