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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 diversion Background

This is an overview of the City of Waukesha diversion application and review process.

2010 - Application and review

The City of Waukesha submitted an application for use of Lake Michigan water to the DNR in May 2010. The DNR began the Technical Review and environmental impact statement (EIS) process. The DNR consulted with the American Indian Tribes and Bands located in Wisconsin, held public informational meetings in 2011 on July 26, 27 and 28, and held a 30-day public comment period.

2013 - Revised application

The City of Waukesha submitted a revised application for a Lake Michigan diversion in October 2013. The City held informational meetings in Oak Creek, Racine, Milwaukee and Waukesha in the fall of 2013. The DNR received public comments on the revised application.

2014 - DNR Technical Review, draft decision and EIS

The DNR's Technical Review analyzed the application under each of the review criteria required under the Great Lakes Compact. The DNR's EIS analyzed all relevant environmental and socio-economic effects of the proposal and alternatives. See the DNR and Regional review page for details.

2015 - Review, consultation and public involvement

The DNR prepared the draft Technical Review and draft EIS for public comment. The DNR consulted with the American Indian Tribes and Bands located in Wisconsin. The DNR held three public hearings on the draft Technical Review and draft EIS on August 17 and 18, 2015. The DNR also accepted public comments through a 30-day public comment period. Public comments and responses were then incorporated into the Technical Review and EIS. The DNR determined that the application met the Compact criteria, issued the final Technical Review and preliminary final EIS. The DNR then forwarded the application, final Technical Review and preliminary final EIS to the Regional Body and Compact Council on January 7, 2016.

2016 - Regional Body and Compact Council review

The Regional Body and Compact Council held an informational hearing in Waukesha. The Regional Body then 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. In August 2016 the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative requested a hearing on the Council decision to approve the diversion. The petition to reopen the Compact Council's Waukesha diversion decision was denied in April 2017. Compact Council decision documents are available from the Compact Council [exit DNR].

2017 - Permit applications and review

The City of Waukesha has begun the process to obtain all required federal, state and local permits and approvals necessary to construct and operate a diversion of Lake Michigan water. The DNR will issue a final diversion approval once all required permits are issued. The final diversion approval will include all conditions of the approval required by the Compact Council. The DNR will issue a final EIS and a WEPA compliance determination prior to any permits being issued. See the Permits review page for more information.

Last revised: Friday December 01 2017