Wisconsin Water Policy May Drain Cities and Destroy Rural Towns

Suburban Waukesha seeks to be the first city to pipe water from the Great Lakes since the 2008 Great Lakes Pact. But will approval just mean more sprawl in a sprawling region?

Waukesha, Wisconsin used to be known for its springs, but Angie Schmitt at Streetsblog writes that the springs of this now-much-larger suburb have dried up and wants to tap the lake:

"The proposal has sparked debates about sprawl and water policy in a region where land development has far outpaced population growth. And observers are watching this case closely because it will set a precedent which could have a profound effect on urban form and rural land throughout the Great Lakes region.

The Great Lakes Pact was designed to protect this important freshwater source from ever being depleted by water-starved communities in the U.S. South and Southwest. Ironically, however, unsustainable development patterns in relatively water-rich places near the Great Lakes have exhausted local freshwater sources."

Thanks to Angie Schmitt

Full Story: Outside Milwaukee, Water Policy May Drain Cities and Destroy Rural Towns


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