Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One step closer

Waukesha clears hurdle in Lake Michigan water pursuit

Representatives of the eight states and two Canadian provinces party to the Great Lakes Compact voted Wednesday to move forward with a Wisconsin city’s application to divert Lake Michigan water, officially sending their findings to the eight Great Lakes governors. The governors will make a final decision on the request at the end of June.

The application from the city of Waukesha is the first major test of the compact, a binational agreement implemented in 2008 that, among other provisions, effectively bans water users outside of the Great Lakes Basin from withdrawing Great Lakes water. DON BEHM

Journal Sentinel

Journal Sentinel

The City of Waukesha would receive Lake Michigan water, and turn off its deep wells drawing radium-contaminated water from a sandstone aquifer, under a recommendation approved by representatives of Great Lakes states and provinces. Governors of the eight states, or their designated representatives, will meet in Chicago in late June to consider the regional group's conditional approval and vote on the Wisconsin city's request.

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Detroit's vacant lots used to soak up stormwater

Detroit News

It took more than just adding water. It wasn’t instant, either. But Detroit’s water department and Land Bank Authority as well as the University of Michigan turned four vacant city lots into gardens designed to corral stormwater. Officials said each garden is expected to reduce annual stormwater runoff by 300,000 gallons.

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Minn. DNR has concerns over flood diversion

Star Tribune

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has "serious concerns" about a $2 billion federal project that would protect Fargo from floods by diverting the water onto Minnesota land instead. The DNR has compiled a 568-page study of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion and the effect it would have on Minnesota's water quality, environment and people.

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