Root River Waste Water Discharge Meeting Scheduled in Racine for January 3rd, 2013

As you may have heard, the Waukesha area water supply has high radon levels and they need to obtain a more healthier supply of water for all of the area’s residents. After much negotiating, they have  negotiated an agreement with the city of Oak Creek that allows them to purchase Lake Michigan Water. By law, all water pumped out of Lake Michigan, has to be returned to the Lake Michigan drainage basin. Waukesha is located in the Mississippi River drainage basin. To resolve this issue they are proposing to return the purchased amount of water back to Lake Michigan through the Root River.

“Salmon Unlimited-Racine, the Wisconsin Federation of Great Lakes Sports Fishing Clubs and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation are cohosting a meeting in which technical representatives from the Waukesha Water Utility will make a presentation on the proposal to discharge to the Root River as part of the City of Waukesha’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan. They have been asked to discuss the impact on the Lincoln Park Salmon Facility, fishing in the Root River, water quality and flood impacts. The above organizations have not taken a position on the proposed discharge and have convened this meeting to learn about the proposal. The meeting will be moderated by George Meyer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

The meeting will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, January 3rd at the 5th Street Yacht Club, 761 Marquette Street, Racine.”

You are encouraged to attend! If you wish to consider car pooling, please send a message to Bob at:, prior to December 31st. We hope to see you there!