Posts tagged ‘Great Lakes Compact’

May 5, 2010

Waukesha water woes?

by thoughtfulconservative

So, did Waukesha get a glimpse of things to come? In a flurry of activity recently, we saw:

1. The Milwaukee County Board voted 13-3 on April 22 to oppose the Waukesha’s water plan.

Ostensibly the vote was to protect the county’s streams from pollution and erosion, but the comments from board members seems to indicate a different motivation, the kind you normally see from children.

“You have been sidestepped on this process,” said one. “We’ve been treated purely as an afterthought,” said another.

“They do not care about the concerns of Milwaukee County,” replied another.

“Why should I trust them?”

“They get the water and we get – I don’t want to say it – we get everything else,” intoned another.


Waukesha’s water utility manager, Dan Duchniak disagreed with the assessment, claiming that the water Waukesha puts into the creeks will be cleaner than the water flowing there now.

To be fair, the County Board is excluded from the process of approving or disapproving Waukesha’s request. The DNR and the Great Lakes states are the ones who will sign off on the request.

Racine’s representative Cory Mason is on record opposing dumping of Waukesha waste water in the Root River. (A tip of the conservative ball cap to James Rowen who recently posted on how new phosphorus rules could add to any plan’s costs.

2. Milwaukee aldermen and Waukesha’s new mayor, Jeff Scrima, traded letters about requirements for receiving Milwaukee water.

Scrima contended during the recent campaign that if Waukesha didn’t keep its options open it would lose some of its sovereignty to Milwaukee. He alleged that somehow, Milwaukee will use Waukesha’s needs for water to advance some dastardly purpose.

The water saga continues and will stretch well into the foreseeable future.

If you’ve been living in a cave the last few years, Waukesha needs water because of elevated levels of radium. Lake Michigan seems to have a lot of water and Waukesha would like to get some, but the Great Lakes Compact requires returning the water to Lake Michigan.

Waukesha’s plan, sent to the DNR earlier this month, is to return the water to Underwood Creek where it would flow to the Menomonee River and back to Lake Michigan.

Waukesha is somewhat under the gun, facing a 2018 deadline for cleaning up there water.

People talk regional cooperation but the playing out is a little more difficult. The suburbs think Milwaukee wants their tax dollars. Milwaukee thinks the suburbs are using their infrastructure without paying for it.

Obviously, more work needs to be done. Like maybe growing up and behaving like adults.

3. Two neighboring local governments have expressed concern about the city’s plan to drill shallow wells as a backup measure. The major concern here seems to be the potential for privately owned wells going dry as Waukesha sucks water from the planned area.

The road is long, the opposition varied and the clock is ticking.

And if both options go down in flames, what’s left?

There’s a lesson for communities everywhere—don’t outgrow your water supply.

Yeah, like they will pay attention.

March 10, 2008

These can’t wait till Sunday

by thoughtfulconservative

James Wigderson names his political idiot of the week.

I go to two posts of Jeff over at Five Points. On voter ID he gives some doable common sense ways to avoid disenfrancising voters and says, if these were put in place,

The only people it would disenfranchise are the lazy people who refuse to get their ass down to the DMV to get a state-issued ID.

I agree that what he suggests should be put in place before we even think about instituting voter ID.

Jeff also gives his thoughts on the Great Lakes Compact. Good points here also, for example,

I think that Michigan is going to be the state that is going to be a thorn in everyone’s side because they have nothing to lose. The entire state falls within the Great Lakes Basin so they need permission from nobody. Illinois is also a concern because they have an exemption in place that allows them a very large daily diversion via the Chicago River.

I’m looking forward to John Schoenknecht’s column’s in the Freeman. I, too, have his Spring’s book and history fascinates me.

March 10, 2008

This week’s Waukesha Carnival

by thoughtfulconservative

Welcome to this week’s edition of a Waukesha carnival.

We start off with David B. Bohl who presents High Maintenance Friends and How to Deal With Them at his blog Slow Down Fast Today!

Turning to local news, Fox Head gives us his take on the Milwaukee Police Department report on voter fraud.

Jeff at Five Points is largely in favor of the proposed Harley event in downtown, but has some concerns. He has some related thoughts on parking and shopping.

Curt Otto gives us some informatin about downtown in Tales from the West Side.

James Wigderson follows up on The Great Lakes Water Debate with this post.

Spring City Chronicle, known for his dispatches from the local dailies, also posts poems regularly. I thought this one on the Red Cross Nurses was excellent.

Continuing the trend of non-political posts, soniabologna, a new poster at Eat Wisconsin, shares the greatest kitchen tool we’re not using. I don’t use one because I haven’t seen one big enough for my use.

Cindy Kilkeeny posts her pictures from Morocco.

MommaBlogger at Homemaker’s Guide to the Galaxy proclaims the birth of Zachary William.

Where did Lisa go? She answers her own question at the link.

Back to politics, Troy Fullerton wonders what happened to free market Republicans, specifically in48 relationship to wine distribution.

Dad29 gives some insight into the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin.

Kyle Prast informs us that Dr. Alveda King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, is coming to visit the area. She will be the keynote speaker for the Pregnancy Help Center fund raising Gala this Thursday at Brookfield Suites.

That concludes this edition. If you have some post to submit to the next edition use this convenient carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page. Or, you can e-mail them directly to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com.