Waukesha Diversion: Public Notice Served for April Meeting

With the Waukesha Diversion deadlines barrelling down on provincial premiers and state governors, a public notice has been served to identify the time and place for final discussions. The meetings will be a month from now, on April 21st-22nd, held between two campuses of University of Chicago-Illinois.

The Municipality of Waukesha is attempting to divert water from Lake Michigan. If the bid is accepted, it would be the first time in history water has been diverted to a community outside the Great Lakes Basin.

At the April meetings, premiers and governors will be discussing Waukesha’s bid. The public was asked for their input up until March 14th. The Ontario Government is expected to weigh in tomorrow, March 22nd, after consulting with the public, First Nations, and Metis people. Twitter users have taken to the internet to protest, appealing to Kathleen Wynne to reject it.

The document sent to us by the GLIN is attached below. The notice reads, verbatim, as follows:

Public Notice is hereby jointly given on behalf of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (“Compact Council”) under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (“Compact”) and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (“Regional Body”) under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement (“Agreement”) that the meeting noticed on January 7, 2016 and scheduled to begin on April 21, 2016 and continue on April 22, 2016 will take place at:
April 21, 2016 1:00 p.m. CDT
April 22, 2016 9:00 a.m. CDT
University of Illinois-Chicago
Student Center East
750 S. Halsted – Illinois AB
Chicago, IL 60607
University of Illinois-Chicago
Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue – Thompson AB
Chicago, IL 60612
If resolution is not reached by April 22, 2016, the Regional Body will recess and continue its meeting on May 10 and 11, 2016.  The location of the continued meeting will be announced on the Waukesha Diversion Website at www.waukeshadiversion.org.
If any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act needs special accommodations to participate in the meeting, then he or she should contact the Secretariat in advance, so that accommodation can be made.
Issued March 18, 2016.
By: Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, as Secretariat to the Regional Body and Compact Council
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