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DNR sets hearings on Waukesha’s lake water diversion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin water officials are looking for public comment on the city of Waukesha’s request to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.

The city has told the state Department of Natural Resources it needs a new water source and wants permission under the Great Lakes Compact to pull an annual average of 11 million gallons a day from the lake to serve the city, portions of Pewaukee and other area towns.

The compact generally prohibits diversions outside the Great Lakes basin, although it does lay out some exceptions. Requests like Waukesha’s must win approval from all the Great Lakes states.

The DNR has scheduled public hearings for July 26 in Pewaukee, July 27 in Wauwatosa and July 28 in Sturtevant. The agency will take written comments until Aug. 13.

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