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City of Waukesha water diversion appeal resolved

On August 2, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) announced that it had decided not to pursue its appeal of the Great Lakes Governors’ decision to grant the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin a diversion of water from Lake Michigan for use as a public water supply. The Great Lakes Governors had unanimously approved the City’s request in June 2016, finding that the application satisfied the criteria in the Compact and Agreement for an exception to the ban on diversions of water outside the Great Lakes basin. In August 2016, GLSLCI requested the Governors to reconsider their decision to grant the City’s request, but the Governors voted unanimously to affirm the decision.

As part of its decision not to pursue the appeal, GLSLCI agreed not to file a petition for judicial review in federal district court. In exchange, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Resources Compact Council will review its current procedures for reviewing diversion proposals and propose recommendations and updates to the procedures to ensure full and fair consideration of future diversion requests. Draft revisions to the current procedures are expected in June 2018 and final recommendations will be adopted in December 2018.