Mich. — An organization representing mayors of more than 120
cities in the Great Lakes region is challenging a decision to let
Waukesha, Wisconsin, draw water from Lake Michigan.
The Great Lakes
and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative this week requested a hearing
before a council representing the eight states adjoining the
lakes. The council in June granted Waukesha permission to tap Lake
Michigan, even though a regional compact prohibits diverting Great
Lakes water outside the natural watershed with rare exceptions.
barely outside the watershed boundary. Its groundwater is
contaminated with radium.
The mayors group
says Waukesha didn't meet rigorous standards for water diversions
outlined in the compact. The group says the decision sets a bad
precedent and could lead to a flood of similar requests from other