You may be wondering, "what ever happened to Waukesha's request for a diversion of Lake Michigan water?"
Currently, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reviewing Waukesha's request to buy an average of 10.9 million gallons a day of lake water and is drafting an Environmental Impact Analysis (EIS) of the proposal. To view Waukesha's application, public comments on the plan, and monitor WDNR updates on its analysis, check out the department's website.
From allowing builders to develop on a wetland to opening a new hunting season for wolves, there have been a lot of frightening changes in our state's environmental policies over the past year. Many of these legislative measures have been more swiftly adopted due to a restructuring of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).
The current administration contends that WDNR should continue protecting our state's vast natural resources, but also start responding more quickly to "users" and serve the interests of business, not just environmentalists and conservationists.
Germantown - Now that the Village Board has approved a land exchange with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the proposal's next hurdle comes with Friday's deadline for owners of a golf course in the center of the village to decide if they will sell to the district.
In an intergovernmental agreement approved by the Village Board on Monday on a unanimous vote, the district's Greenseams flood management program would buy 131 acres of the Blackstone Creek Golf Club in the floodplain of the Menomonee River. MMSD has offered to pay $701,000 for the property along Mequon Road, east of River Lane.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper would like to thank everyone who spoke out against the Open-pit Mining Bill (A.B. 426).
This law would have weakened environmental protections for drinking water, floodplains, and rivers; threatened public health; and removed citizen rights to participate in the permitting process.
Drafted to encourage an out-of-state mining company to start operations in Ashland County, the law would have resulted in defacement of the beautiful natural areas of the Penokee Range, and abrogation of treaty rights of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
CANCELLED - Mequon Subdivision Meeting Tuesday, March 13th
As we've shared before, the Mequon Common Council was planning to take up the issue of rezoning property and altering an open space easement to facilitate development of a 19-lot subdivision south of Freistadt Road along the Milwaukee River tomorrow, Tuesday March 13th.
Due to pressure from concerned citizens like you, the matter has been pulled from this week's agenda. Milwaukee Riverkeeper does not believe that the issue is dead; however, we suspect the rezoning request will head back to Mequon's Planning Commission for further review, and resurface again before the Common Council in April.
Yesterday, the Cleaner Valley Coalition, in which Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a member, called on the EPA to take stronger steps to clean up pollution at the Menomonee Valley coal plant. Two members of the Coalition – the Sierra Club with their attorneys at Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) – filed a Notice of Intent to Sue the EPA if it fails to comply with its duty regarding issuing a new water pollution permit for the plant.