Schuette challenging Lake Michigan water withdrawal request

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.

The state attorney general has no formal role in approving or disapproving the request for a pipeline to Lake Michigan that would withdraw millions of gallons of water to replace the city’s contaminated water supply.

But that’s not up to Schuette- that’s up to the eight Great Lakes governors – including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. But Schuette could sue to stop a deal if he can make a case it doesn’t meet the conditions of the 2008 Great Lakes Compact. Waukesha lies near, but not within, the Great Lakes basin.

The attorney general’s questions include whether there’s an alternative to pulling water from Lake Michigan, what guarantees there are that the water will be recycled back, and whether there are protections against invasive species as part of the take-and-return.