Monthly archive

Will Waukesha’s Diversion Application Address Crucial Questions?

January 28, 2010

Waukesha will hold a public meeting on Thursday, January 28th to present its draft application for a new Lake Michigan water supply.  For more information on that meeting click here.

Waukesha's request for Great Lakes water is the first request for a diversion outside of the Great Lakes Basin since the Great Lakes Compact was passed. 

Milwaukee Riverkeeper and other environmental organizations are unclear of the environmental impacts if this diversion was to take place and are questioning the Waukesha Water Utility for more information to ensure a successful implementation of the Great Lakes Compact and that natural resources are being protected on both sides of the Continental Divide.

Districts Needed for Lobby Day

January 20, 2010

It is still not too late to register for Lobby Day, if you live in one of the districts that still needs representation.

If you live in one of the Assembly Districts below and are available on Tuesday, Jan. 26th from 9am-4pm, please contact Heather Mullee at 414-224-1696.

If you'd like to avoid the hassle of driving you can ride our bus - click here.

Asian Carp DNA Found in Lake Michigan; Supreme Court Rejects Remedy; SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP IT!

January 19, 2010

Water samples taken in Lake Michigan reveal that Asian carp have made the jump into the world's largest freshwater system, the Journal Sentinel has learned.

Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to slam shut two lakeside navigation locks to prevent the super-sized, north-migrating carp from making the jump into the lake.

Say NO! to Pea Soup

January 19, 2010

Pea soup in a bowl helps chase away winter chills, but it’s hard to get a warm, fuzzy feeling about the sickly green soup so many of our lakes and rivers become in summer.   Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the primary cause of all that nasty algae growth is polluted runoff from agricultural lands.  Phosphorus found in fertilizers and manure is the main culprit. 

Starting next week, DNR is holding a series of public hearings on their update to NR 151, the state’s rules for preventing polluted runoff from farms, construction sites and cities.

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Asian Carp

January 15, 2010

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a lawsuit filed by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox to close some Chicago locks to prevent the massive Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

Cox has asked the nation's highest court to issue a preliminary injunction to close the locks in order to keep the invasive carp, which can weigh hundreds of pounds, from migrating into the Great Lakes, where they could ravage the regional fishing economy and possibly make it into local river systems.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper's Executive Director, Karen Schapiro was recently featured in a story about the issue by WUWM - Milwaukee Public Radio.

Milwaukee Mile Gets Caution Flag over Erosion

January 11, 2010

[excerpted from the Journal-Sentinel]

A race is on - 15 feet beneath the Milwaukee Mile track - to prevent the collapse of leaking metal pipes carrying the entire flow of Honey Creek under State Fair Park in West Allis.

Wisconsin Joins Legal Battle to Stop Asian Carp

January 4, 2010

[excerpted from the Journal-Sentinel]

Wisconsin has entered the multi-state battle against Illinois and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of Michigan's recent motion to force the state of Illinois and the federal government to shut down a couple of navigational locks that provide an artificial link between Lake Michigan and the adjacent carp-infested waters of the Mississippi River basin.

Wisconsin now joins Ohio and Minnesota in supporting Michigan's push to reopen a nearly century-old Supreme Court case over Chicago's diversion of Lake Michigan water down the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Greenseams Program Hopes to Prevent Floods and Improve Water Quality

January 4, 2010

[exerpted from the Journal-Sentinel]

A 33-acre property on the south shore of Dumke Lake in Franklin, where Edwin P. Dumke fished, raised peacocks and pheasants, and hiked to observe native birds, now serves a new purpose: storing storm water in the upper end of Ryan Creek to prevent downstream flooding.