Racine’s bid to use Lake Michigan water for Foxconn comes under fire


In order to get water to Foxconn, the Racine Water Utility hopes to pipe Lake Michigan water from the Great Lakes basin across Racine County. While advocates of bringing Foxconn to Mount Pleasant stood behind that water plan, people in the crowd at the public hearing Wednesday remained unconvinced. > Milwaukee Public Radio

Conservation groups oppose Foxconn’s Great Lakes plan


Gov. Scott Walker is proposing Racine be allowed to divert 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water every day to supply Foxconn’s manufacturing process. Conservation groups oppose the plan saying it undercuts the state’s environmental protection laws and degrades or even jeopardizes the multi-state Great Lakes compact. > Public News Service

Baldwin fighting Trump’s proposed Great Lakes funding cut


Once again, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin finds herself fighting to prevent President Donald Trump’s proposed 90 percent budget cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The proposal would cut the program’s funding from $300 million to $30 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. > Wisconsin Gazette

Trump budget again threatens Great Lakes


For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes. Trump’s proposed 2019 budget for the EPA released this week would cut funding by 90 percent for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. > Beloit Daily News

39% of Foxconn’s take from Lake Michigan won’t return, and pollution is a concern for what does go back

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Foxconn has asked to tap 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water per day, with about 40 percent not being returned. Tapping the lake for large amounts of fresh water is nothing new, but concerns surround whether heavy metals from Foxconn processes will be kept out of the water that is returned. > NBC 4 Milwaukee

Michigan governor aiming for Great Lakes states to fight Asian carp since Trump is useless


If something isn’t done to stop the spread of invasive Asian carp, it’s possible the species could devastate the Great Lakes’ ecosystem. So far, President Trump has been no help in Making the Great Lakes Great Again. So Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is allying with Wisconsin, Ohio and Ontario to take action. > Detroit Metro Times

Requested Lake Michigan diversion for Foxconn gets criticism, public hearing


With environmental groups criticizing a request to divert 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan for Foxconn’s planned factory in Racine County (Wisconsin Public Radio), the public will get a chance to sound off on the proposal in March. (AP News)