Great Lakes Compact Council approves changes to rules guiding water diversions

A council that manages and protects the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin is changing the rules for communities that want to withdraw and use water outside the watershed. But Great Lakes mayors and environmental groups say the changes don’t go far enough to strengthen their multi-state agreement. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Cost estimate to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes nearly triples

Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it to reach Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report. The new plan is similar to an August 2017 draft, but the estimated price tag has jumped from $275 million to nearly $778 million. > AP News

EPA says it welcomes public’s ideas on continued Great Lakes cleanup

The U.S. EPA says it wants the public to help shape the next five years of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Over the last nine years, the GLRI has coordinated and distributed almost $3 billion for cleanup work around the lakes, including dozens of projects in Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio

DNR grants hearing to environmental group challenging Foxconn use of Lake Michigan water


Environmentalists are a step closer in challenging the Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant, with news that the DNR has granted a Midwest Environmental Advocates request for a hearing related to Racine’s request to divert up to 7 million gallons of water per day to Mount Pleasant, mostly for use by Foxconn. > Wisconsin State Journal

Groups file legal challenge to Foxconn’s Lake Michigan diversion plan

Great Lakes groups have filed a legal challenge to Wisconsin’s approval of a water diversion plan for the planned Foxconn factory. The DNR approved a proposal last month that would allow Racine to take 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan and pipe the water to the company. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Illinois Senate getting involved in Foxconn squabble

After the Illinois Attorney General and the Walker Administration traded threats of possible legal action regarding the Foxconn project, it looks as if the Illinois State Senate might now get involved, via a resolution by its Environment & Conservation Committee. > Racine Journal Times

Critics’ Foxconn concerns discussed on Morning Edition


In Wisconsin, preliminary construction is underway on the huge Foxconn factory. And President Trump calls this a fantastic thing. But here’s another thing. The factory is not so popular with some potential neighbors and with environmental groups who are worried about the Great Lakes. Chuck Quirmbach from Wisconsin Public Radio reports on NPR’s Morning Edition.