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See
the DNR's preliminary final EIS for the proposed City of Waukesha water diversion [PDF].
Read
the DNR's Technical Review for the proposed City of Waukesha water diversion [PDF].
Refer
to the Great Lakes Council decision on the proposed City of Waukesha water diversion [PDF exit DNR].
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Contact information
For information on the DNR's review of this project, contact:
Ben Callan
Section Chief
608-266-3524

City of Waukesha water diversionDNR and Regional review

Regional Review

The City of Waukesha's Great Lakes diversion application was conditionally approved by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Council (Compact Council) on June 21, 2016. Waukesha's application was approved by the Compact Council with conditions including a reduced water supply volume of 8.2 million gallons per day and a smaller diversion area that includes only the area currently served by the Waukesha Water Utility. Other conditions include monitoring wastewater impacts to the Root River and annual reporting to the Great Lakes states and provinces on the diversion.

Compact Council decision documents are available from the Compact Council [exit DNR].

DNR Review

The DNR forwarded the City of Waukesha’s diversion application, and the DNR's final Technical Review and preliminary final environmental impact statement (EIS) to the Compact Council on January 7, 2016.

Prior to forwarding the request, the DNR conducted an extensive technical review, requested additional information and worked with the City on modifications to the application to meet the Compact review criteria [PDF] between 2010 and 2015. The technical review analyzed the application under each of the review criteria.

The DNR also used the EIS process to analyze environmental effects and alternatives of the proposed Waukesha diversion under the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act ( WEPA) and administrative code NR 150.

This review process also included multiple opportunities for public participation.

DNR technical review

The DNR's technical review analyzed the application under each of the Great Lakes Compact review criteria.

DNR EIS

The DNR's EIS analyzed all relevant environmental and socio-economic effects of the proposal and alternatives.

Public involvement

Public feedback has been elicited throughout the DNR review of the City of Waukesha’s diversion application. The DNR held comment periods at three major points in the review process: requesting comments on the initial application and on the scope and review process, the revised City of Waukesha diversion application, and the draft technical review and draft EIS.

Summer 2015 public hearings

Three public hearing were held in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Racine on August 17 and 18, 2015. These meetings all included an informational presentation [PDF] and were recorded.

Hearing location Audio Transcript
Waukesha [WMA] [PDF]
Milwaukee [WMA] [PDF]
Racine [WMA] [PDF]

Summer 2015 public comment period

Public comments were accepted through August 28, 2015. The DNR reviewed public comments related to the draft Technical Review and summarized and responded to public comments on the Draft EIS before releasing the final Technical Review and preliminary final EIS.

Fall 2013 public comment period

Public comments were accepted in response to the 2013 revised Waukesha Diversion Application.

Summer 2011 public comment period and hearings

In Summer 2011 the DNR held three public hearings and a comment period on the initial application and issued a public notice [PDF] on the receipt of an application for a diversion of Great Lakes water. The following document summarizes the comments received — both written and oral — through the first public comment period and provides a response to the comments.

2010 EIS public scoping

The DNR determined to conduct an environmental impact statement (EIS) process for the proposed Waukesha diversion under the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act or WEPA, and administrative code NR 150. In 2010 the department announced it was starting scoping for the EIS process and requested public comments on a draft list of topics for the EIS.

Previous application and review

Previous application materials and correspondence related to the application.

Last revised: Friday December 01 2017