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Contact information
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

The City of Waukesha, located in southeast Wisconsin 17 miles west of Lake Michigan, seeks an exception from the prohibition of diversions under the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement. The Compact and Agreement prohibit diversions of Great Lakes water, with limited exceptions. One exception allows a “community within a straddling county,” such as Waukesha, to apply for a diversion of Great Lakes water.

Current status: January 2016

The department has completed its review of the City of Waukesha’s diversion application.

On January 7, 2016, the department forwarded the City of Waukesha’s diversion application to the other Great Lakes states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The Great Lakes states and provinces will now review the city’s application and the department’s analysis. Before the City of Waukesha can begin a diversion, all eight Great Lakes states must approve the application.

Documents submitted for regional review

Document category Description
Submission documents [DNR FTP] Submission letter from Secretary Stepp, Overview, and crosswalk table between Great Lakes Compact criteria and DNR Technical Review
Application [DNR FTP] Waukesha diversion application volumes 1-5
DNR review documents [DNR FTP] Technical Review, Preliminary Final EIS, and response to comments
Supplemental information [DNR FTP] Memos received from the applicant as additional information and correspondence related to the diversion application

Information on the regional review process and opportunities for public participation can be found at Compact Council and Regional Body [exit DNR] (regional decision making bodies).

» Waukesha Diversion Overview [PDF]

Flow chart for review steps of Waukesha application

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Last revised: Thursday January 07 2016