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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: February 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. As part of the regional review process for the city of Waukesha’s Great Lakes diversion application, the Great Lakes states and provinces will hold meetings and a public hearing on February 17 and 18, 2016 at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. View the schedule of events [exit DNR] open to the public.

» Tour of Waukesha and Surrounding Areas Guide — February 17 [PDF]

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

» Waukesha Diversion Overview [PDF]

Flow chart for review steps of Waukesha application

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Last revised: Tuesday February 16 2016