- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - A Milwaukee suburb’s precedent-setting request to draw water from Lake Michigan could be significantly reduced by Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces considering the water diversion.

The city of Waukesha’s proposal to pump an average of about 10 million gallons a day by midcentury might be cut by about 2 million gallons a day under an approach considered by Great Lakes officials that would reduce the number of communities in a future water service area that’s to receive the lake water. The Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/248oEOU ) reports the reduction is a condition of the group’s acceptance of Waukesha’s request.

Representatives of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body ended their meeting Friday in Chicago without a recommendation on Waukesha’s request. The group plans to meet again in May.

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The above story has been corrected to reflect that the approach was considered, but details are still being worked out and that the body can make only recommendations, not decisions.


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