DNR Completes Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Proposed Waukesha Great Lakes Water Diversion
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the City of Waukesha‘s proposal to divert water from Lake Michigan for its municipal water supply. The project would also return treated wastewater to Lake Michigan via the Root River.
The Final EIS [PDF] is the result of a multi-year analysis of the environmental impacts of the proposed project and alternatives. Public comments and feedback were elicited throughout the EIS process, and as part of the DNR’s review of Waukesha’s application for a Great Lakes diversion.
The DNR is issuing a Waterway and Wetland permit for the construction of water supply and return flow pipelines. The DNR also reviewed the City of Waukesha’s application to reissue its WPDES wastewater permit, which includes conditions and requirements for the discharge of treated wastewater to the Root River. Other permits and approvals will also be required. More information can be found on the DNR’s Waukesha water diversion permits review webpage.
In June 2016, the Great Lakes Compact Council approved the City of Waukesha’s request to divert 8.2 million gallons per day under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Before the project can begin, the DNR must issue a final diversion approval.
More about the Waukesha Water Deal
- Metro Groundwater Has Rising Radium Levels - Danielle Kaeding - Mar 3rd, 2020
- DNR Issues Wastewater Discharge Permit for City of Waukesha Water Diversion Project - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Jan 2nd, 2020
- DNR Completes Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Proposed Waukesha Great Lakes Water Diversion - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Dec 13th, 2019
- City of Waukesha proposed water diversion public hearing - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Aug 6th, 2019
- Op Ed: Milwaukee and Waukesha Can Work Together - Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Waukesha Common Council President Aaron Perry - Mar 3rd, 2018
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves Waukesha Water Deal - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 28th, 2017
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Okays Waukesha Water Deal - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 22nd, 2017
- Eyes on Milwaukee: City To Sell Water to Waukesha - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 30th, 2017
Mentioned in This Press Release
Recent Press Releases by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Public Input Opportunities Available