Wisconsin city asks to tap Great Lakes for water

Greg Moore
Associated Press

Milwaukee — Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources says the city of Waukesha’s request for access to water from Lake Michigan has been forwarded to other Great Lakes states for review.

If approved, it would mark the first time a community outside the Great Lakes watershed was granted an exception to an eight-state agreement that limits which communities are allowed to tap the lakes.

Conservation groups have been skeptical and say the agreement should be strictly upheld to protect natural resources.

The plan requires approval from governors in each of the states that drain into the Great Lakes.

Officials say Waukesha’s request equates to a spoonful of water from an Olympic-sized pool each day and that the water removed would be continuously replaced.

Public comment during the regional review begins next week.