Pleasant Prairie Greatly Increased Great Lakes Water Diversion

The village of Pleasant Prairie in southeast Wisconsin is the latest community caught up in the Great Lakes water diversion debate after newly published findings reveal that Wisconsin approved a dramatic increase in its diversion from Lake Michigan in 2010.  Faced with radium contamination it its drinking water, Pleasant Prairie was approved in 1990 to draw 3.2-million gallons per day from Lake Michigan through the Kenosha Water Utility under the Water Resources Development Act.  Two decades later, the state more than tripled that allowable diversion to 10.69 million gallons per day. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said the agency was following a state statute that requires water supply service areas and sewer service areas to match when it set the baseline for Pleasant Prairie. The agency said public hearings weren’t required for the grandfathered diversions under the compact or state law.