Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Forging ahead

Waukesha water bid heads to Great Lakes governors

Waukesha would return water to Lake Michigan by discharging treated wastewater to the Root River at this location near S. 60th St. in Franklin.

Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The City of Waukesha has the next six months to make its case for a Lake Michigan water supply in front of the Conference of Great Lakes Governors, where it needs unanimous consent. After 5 1/2 years of scrutiny and revisions, the Wisconsin DNR announced it would forward Waukesha's request for lake water for review. The DNR took that step after finding the application meets requirements of a Great Lakes protection compact and could be approved.


U.S. House approves bill to ban microbeads


The U.S. House has approved a bill that would ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads often used in cosmetic products, that environmental advocates say are filtering through water treatment plants and polluting the Great Lakes. The House bill would phase microbeads out of consumer products over the next few years, starting with a ban on manufacturing the beads starting July 1.


Mayors set clean Mississippi River goals

Pioneer Press

St. Paul. Minn., Mayor Chris Coleman joined a coalition of Mississippi River mayors at the international COP21 climate change conference in Paris last week in announcing new environmental goals and standards for river city communities. The river compact is intended to create "best practices" for cities around the world to voluntarily adopt.

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