Waukesha’s Revised Water Diversion Proposal Still Fails to Meet Great Lakes Compact

December 4, 2013

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.

Waukesha Has Not Proven Need for Great Lakes Water

November 21, 2013

Riverkeeper Cheryl Nenn's opinion article, wrote on behalf of the Compact Implementation Coalition, was featured in the Journal Sentinel!

November 20th, 2013
By Cheryl Nenn

At the heart of the water debate in Waukesha remains unanswered a simple but highly important question.

How can the city and water utility honestly say there is no reasonable water supply alternative to Lake Michigan?

Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

November 21, 2013

Update: On December 13th 89 US Representatives asking EPA to put forth regulations already to deal with confusion/loopholes (generated by several lawsuits) regarding what waters in the US are protected under the Clean Water Act. Read the letter attached below.

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 Quoted about Valley Power Plant Conversion

November 18, 2013

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.

Testify at the Public Service Commission on the Valley Power Plant Conversion

November 5, 2013

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. 

Great Lakes Restoration Funds Still at Risk

November 5, 2013

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.

Position of the Compact Implementation Coalition on the Waukesha Diversion

November 5, 2013
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. 

Requesting Change to the 2013 Farm Bill

November 5, 2013

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.

Wisconsin Legislators Giving Away Our Groundwater -- SB 302 Goes to Vote on Thursday

November 5, 2013
On Thursday morning, State Senators will vote on a bill to make it easier for businesses to gulp up our groundwater by curtailing the authority of WDNR to regulate high-capacity water wells (that can draw more than 100,000 gallons of water per day). The bill allows for automatic groundwater permits after 65 days and removes WDNR’s ability to put conditions on permits to protect streams, lakes, and water resources.  

Tell the EPA: Don’t Delay to Protect Clean Water!

October 29, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the opportunity to take a big step forward reducing pollution and flooding by updating the way polluted runoff is managed across the country. Show your support for the Agency’s efforts to modernize its stormwater runoff programs to better protect clean water, healthy lakes, and swimmable rivers.

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