Lake Michigan water diversion under close scrutiny
The first application to divert water from Lake Michigan has been approved, and a watchdog group in Indiana is praising the hard work that went into it, but says it will keep an eye on things to make sure all the rules are followed. The Great Lakes Regional Body and the state of Wisconsin gave the green light last month to the city of Waukesha to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day. The city’s deep wells are contaminated by naturally occurring radium. Cathy Martin with Save the Dunes says every drop taken out will have to be treated and returned to the lake. As part of the Great Lakes Compact, which was approved in 2008, cities located on the lakes can apply to divert water, and Waukesha was the first to apply for a permit.
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