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City of Waukesha has Scheduled Four Public Meetings

October 28, 2013


The City of Waukesha has announced four public meetings in Waukesha, Oak Creek, Racine and Milwaukee to discuss its revised request to purchase Lake Michigan water.

Waukesha Releases New Application

October 28, 2013

After 3 years, the City of Waukesha has finally submitted its revised Great Lakes diversion application proposing to divert an average of 10 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to Waukesha. Waukesha lies wholly outside of the Great Lakes Basin, but is within a “straddling county” and thus eligible to apply for an exception to the ban on diversions of water outside of the Great Lakes per the Great Lakes Compact. The revised application includes major changes from the initial application submitted in May 2010, including a slight decrease in the amount of water requested, a new preferred water supplier of Oak Creek, and a change in the preferred wastewater return location from Underwood Creek near Wauwatosa to the Root River near the Racine County line.
 
Waukesha now gets its public water supply from a mix of shallow and deep groundwater wells. The groundwater in the deep aquifer contains high levels of radium, a carcinogen, which Waukesha needs to address per court order by 2018. By mixing water sources, Waukesha currently meets federal radium standards 11 months of the year. 
 
The revised application materials are now available on the DNR website.
 
Given huge changes in the diversion application, City of Waukesha will hold public information meetings in Waukesha, Racine, Oak Creek and Milwaukee in early November to provide an overview of the revised application and answer questions. WDNR is currently working on the technical review of the application as well as an Environmental Impact Statement. WDNR will also hold hearings after the draft documents are done, most likely in early 2014. We will keep you informed of opportunities to provide public comment as information becomes available. 
 

Register for October 29th SWAN Bus Trip!

October 17, 2013

On this Senior Water Advocates Network bus tour participants will learn the many benefits of eating locally: improved health from eating fresher food, lowered fuel and energy use and cost from decreased storage and transportation, increased sustainable water use within the basin, and the development of a connection between consumers, producers and the land and water they rely upon for life. The group will visit Growing Power, West Lawn Housing Development’s Garden, and Braise Restaurant and CSA. Click here for more information and to register!

Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition Director - Accepting Applicaitons

October 15, 2013

The River Revitalization Foundation seeks a person to manage, coordinate and supervise the implementation of the Milwaukee River Greenway Master Plan recommendations in accordance with its mission: to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality

Grants Available for YOUR Water Quality Project!

October 15, 2013

Do you have a small water quality project that needs funding to make a difference in your neighborhood or community?

Sweet Water’s Water Quality Mini-Grant Program supports local, grassroots efforts seeking to implement green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff and other water quality-improvement activities including installation of rain barrels, rain gardens and native landscaping; planting of trees and bio-swales; riparian buffer and shoreline restoration; and stormwater pollution prevention awareness and education activities.

Creating Swimmable Rivers for the Fish

October 11, 2013

Throughout 2011 and 2012, Milwaukee Riverkeeper staff and volunteers identified and assessed over 382 potential fish passage impediments in the 136 square mile Menomonee River Watershed. With this data, we hope to work with municipalities and counties to devise plans to address these barriers over time. MMSD is already moving forward with removing five priority fish passage barriers in the lower Menomonee. View the entire report along with maps and data sheets for each barrier.

Event Photos!

October 8, 2013

Last week was a busy for Milwaukee Riverkeeper with both our annual fall gathering and our fall Kinnininnick neighborhood cleanup. Thanks to all of you who joined us for these events. We appreciate your support. 

Special thank you to Matt and Angela Wolter for taking these fall gathering photos and Abbie Olson for taking these photos at the cleanup.

2013 River Hero Awards Announced

September 24, 2013

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is celebrating another year of protecting and improving water quality and wildlife habitat in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds. 
 
At the annual celebration Milwaukee Riverkeeper will be awarding the 2013 River Hero awards. River heroes are individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the health of the Milwaukee River Basin. These year’s awardees are Menomonee Valley Partners, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Inc., and Urban Ecology Center.
     

Great Lakes Week!

September 13, 2013

Milwaukee was filled with Great Lakes advocates this week at the 2013 Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition’s Annual Conference. Healing Our Waters (HOW) consists of more than 125 environmental, conservation, and recreation organizations that have a common goal to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Milwaukee Riverkeeper participated on a panel and led a field trip for participants!

Panel on Waukesha Diversion Featured in Waukesha Freeman

September 13, 2013

Waukesha Freeman 9/12/13:

Panel: Waukesha’s water application will be challenged in federal court Barrett says other states will question service area

MILWAUKEE – Even if the other Great Lakes governors accept that Waukesha needs a new water source, they’ll have big questions about the city’s water service area, and the application will almost certainly be challenged in federal court, predicted three members of a panel at a breakaway session on Waukesha’s quest for Lake Michigan water during the Great Lakes Coalition’s 9th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference. 

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