Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Waukesha wins

Great Lakes governors approve Wis. city's water request

In a unanimous vote Tuesday in Chicago, the Great Lakes Compact Council approved the first out-of-basin diversion of Great Lakes water under the binational Great Lakes Compact. The decision grants Waukesha, Wisconsin access to Lake Michigan water for its municipal supplies. J. CARL GANTER

Circle of Blue

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Delegates for the governors of the eight Great Lakes states unanimously approved the City of Waukesha's request for a Lake Michigan water supply. On a historic 8-0 vote, Waukesha won the water prize it sought for 13 years. Absent any legal challenges, the city will become the first U.S. community located entirely outside the Great Lakes drainage basin to receive a diversion of lake water under the Great Lakes Compact.


Feds say Flint water safe to drink with filters


Continued testing shows Flint water is safe for everyone to drink, including children and pregnant women, as long as they are using an approved filter, according to federal health officials. Health officials said Thursday that everyone in Flint can drink the city's tap water as long as they are properly using a NSF-verified filter.


Obama approves Great Lakes pipeline protections

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Out of sight and out of mind until recently, two aging oil pipelines in Michigan beneath the Straits of Mackinac have soared from a regional concern to a nationally recognized risk to the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy. A new safety bill signed into law last week by President Obama applies federal legal tools to a threat that steadily gained attention in the region over the last four years.

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