The City of Waukesha’s revised plan to divert an average of 10.1 million gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan falls short of the protective standards set by the Great Lakes Compact. A coalition of Wisconsin conservation and environmental groups concerned with effective implementation of the law has formally asked the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to deny the application as written.
Update: As of Friday, December 6, 221 groups have signed the letter and it was resubmitted to the EPA docket.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper and 180 groups signed a letter to the EPA applauding their collection of scientific evidence to evaluate how wetlands and headwater streams have physical, chemical, or biological linkages to downstream waters and therefore impact the integrity of our rivers, lakes, and bays. The letter urges the EPA to use this science report "Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters” as it develops a rulemaking to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act’s coverage.
Riverkeeper, Cheryl Nenn was quoted by the Journal Sentinel about the benefits of separating steam and electricity generation when the Valley Power Plant is renovated.
Last Thursday, November 14th the Public Service Commission held a public hearing on the Valley Power Plant conversion from coal to natural gas. The Journal Sentinel wrote an overview of the differing views surrounding the conversion.
Save the Date
Thursday, November 14th from 3-6 PM Ambassador Hotel (Embassy Room)
2308 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
At the request of the Cleaner Milwaukee Coalition, of which Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a part, the Public Service Commission (or PSC) has set a public hearing on the Valley Power Plant Conversion. While our Coalition is in support of the conversion of Valley to natural gas, we have concerns over We Energies’ preferred alternative, which would not decouple steam and electricity generation at this plant. This alternative, while cheaper in the short term, leads to waste of natural gas over the long term, creation of unnecessary greenhouse gases, and more thermal pollution to our rivers and harm to aquatic life.
The Great Lakes region has received much-needed support from the federal government from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and we are seeing on-the-ground results in Wisconsin and throughout the Great Lakes Region.
The Compact Implementation Coalition, comprised of conservation and environmental organizations, works for effective implementation of the Great Lakes Compact in Wisconsin. Our Coalition is not for or against diversions of water from the Great Lakes basin. Our goal is to protect the integrity of the Compact, which prohibits diversions except under limited circumstances and only as a last resort; protects and manages this magnificent resource in a unified manner; and requires the adoption and implementation of strong water conservation measures.
As the House and Senate begin conferencing the final 2013 Farm Bill, 278 groups including Milwaukee Riverkeeper, signed onto a letter urging the House and Senate to protect grasslands, wetlands, healthy soil, and clean water by supporting the national sodsaver provision and re-coupling basic soil and water conservation measures to premium subsidies for crop insurance.