Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Decision time

States will vote on Waukesha's bid for water today

A ferry heads to Mackinac Island, October 2015. GARRET ELLISON


Circle of Blue

The governors of the eight states that share the Great Lakes will decide today whether Waukesha, Wis., should be allowed to divert water from Lake Michigan in the first test of the Great Lakes Compact, a legal agreement between the states, Ontario, and Quebec meant to safeguard Great Lakes water. The governors’ decision will have significant implications for future diversion requests in the Great Lakes Basin.


EPA: Big obstacles to long-term Flint water safety

Detroit Free Press

As local, state and federal officials deal with the immediate fallout from the Flint water crisis, the long-term road to safe, reliable water faces major obstacles, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. "Safe drinking water cannot be reliably achieved without tackling these problems," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said.


Waterfront lot sparks Supreme Court showdown

Star Tribune

In a legal challenge with possible national ramifications, St. Croix County, Wis., is pushing back against a Hudson, Minn., family that wants the right to sell or develop prime — and protected — St. Croix River property. The county's attorneys argue that allowing an exception to laws that protect the "already threatened" area would weaken the government's ability to protect the St. Croix.

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