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Group cuts Great Lakes water diversion request

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee suburb’s precedent-setting request to draw water from Lake Michigan has been significantly reduced by representatives from the Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces considering the water diversion.

The city of Waukesha’s proposal to pump an average of about 10 million gallons a day by midcentury would be cut by about 8 million gallons a day after the Great Lakes officials removed three neighboring communities from a future water service area that’s to receive the lake water. The Journal Sentinel reports the reduction is a condition of the group’s acceptance of Waukesha’s request.

Representatives of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body ended their meeting Friday in Chicago without a decision on Waukesha’s request. The group plans to meet again in May.

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