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For information on this page, contact:
Shaili Pfeiffer
Water Use Section
Bureau of Drinking and Groundwater
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Phone number: 608-267-7630

City of Waukesha water diversion application Timeline

The following steps outline the review process for the application including the opportunities for the public, Wisconsin tribes, and state and federal agencies to participate in reviewing Waukesha’s diversion application. This process may be modified as needed and will be updated accordingly. (View all DNR public participation documentation.)

Step 1: Consultation/informational meeting/public hearings

(Meetings held in 2011 on July 26, 27 and 28.)

  • DNR consults with the American Indian Tribes and Bands located in Wisconsin.
  • DNR holds public informational meeting/public hearing:
    • To introduce the review process.
    • To receive comments on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) scope and the interpretation of the statutory review criteria [PDF].
    • Includes 30-day public comment period.
  • DNR provides a summary of and response to the comments received — both written and oral — through the first public comment period.

Step 2: DNR receives revised application in October 2013

  • The applicant holds informational meetings in Oak Creek, Racine, Milwaukee and Waukesha (Fall 2013).
  • The DNR accepted comments on the revised application.
  • The DNR has correspondence with applicant and receives supplemental application information through fall 2015.

Step 3: DNR prepares technical review, draft decision and draft EIS

  • The DNR reviews the application and public comments.
  • The DNR prepares the draft technical review [PDF] and draft EIS [PDF], and makes a preliminary decision on whether the application is approvable. (The technical review is a thorough analysis and evaluation conducted to determine whether the proposal meets the statutory criteria for approval.)

Step 4: Public meetings held in 2015 on August 17 and 18

  • DNR consults with the American Indian Tribes and Bands located in Wisconsin.
  • DNR requests public comments on Draft EIS and draft technical review.
  • DNR holds three public hearings on the draft technical review and Draft EIS, and provides a public comment period.

Step 5: DNR revises the technical review and EIS in response to comments

  • DNR reviews the public comments and incorporates comments and responses into the technical review and EIS.
  • DNR determines if the application meets the Compact criteria.
    • If DNR determines application meets the Compact criteria, the application must be forwarded to the Regional Body and Compact Council made up of the Great Lakes States and Provinces. The Regional Body (States and Provinces) will first issue a declaration of findings. Subsequently the Compact Council (States) must approve the application for it to move forward.

Step 6: Regional Body and Compact Council review

  • The DNR forwarded the application to the Regional Body and Compact Council on January 7, 2015. The Regional Body and Compact Council hold an informational hearing in Waukesha.
  • The Regional Body issued a declaration of findings to the Compact Council on May 18, 2016 approving the application with conditions.
  • The Compact Council approved the application with conditions on June 21, 2016.
  • The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative requested a hearing on the Council decision to approve the diversion in August 2016. The petition to reopen the Compact Council's Waukesha diversion decision was denied in April 2017. Specifics on the hearing process and legal opinion are available from the Compact Council [exit DNR].

Step 7: DNR final decision

  • Current Status → City of Waukesha submits applications for required permits (examples - WPDES, Chap. 30, etc.) to DNR (and other state and federal agencies).
  • DNR, PSC and other state and federal agencies conducts the necessary permit reviews and issues decisions on the permits.
  • DNR issues a final decision on the application.
  • Opportunities for dispute resolution in the State of Wisconsin.
Last revised: Monday May 08 2017