Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement
[46 Pa.B. 417]
[Saturday, January 16, 2016]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is publishing this notice under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Compact) (32 P. S. §§ 817.22—817.30) regarding public participation being conducted by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council) and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body (Regional Body) regarding a proposal for diversion of water from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin (Basin).
Under the Compact and companion Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Agreement (Agreement), diversions of water from the Basin to areas outside the Basin are banned with limited exceptions and only when a diversion of water meets the standards outlined in the Compact. The City of Waukesha (Waukesha), WI, is a community in a county that straddles the Basin divide. Waukesha has applied to the Compact Council and Regional Body for an exception.
Waukesha is requesting to divert 10.1 million gallons per day of Basin water, reflecting its projected average day demand for its planned water service area at full build-out in 2050. The State of Wisconsin has determined that Waukesha's application is approvable under Wisconsin law. The application must now be reviewed by the Compact Council and Regional Body which will issue a Declaration of Finding regarding the application's consistency with regional standards. The Compact Council will then vote on the application and, unless there is a dissenting vote, the State of Wisconsin can then proceed with regulatory decision making and permitting as appropriate. If there is a dissenting vote, then the proposal cannot move forward.
The Commonwealth, having 76.6 miles of coastline on Lake Erie, is a Great Lakes' state, and therefore, a party to the Compact and Agreement. The Commonwealth will participate in the review of the Waukesha diversion application and is afforded a vote on the Compact Council.
The Compact Council and Regional Body developed a public participation process which will allow the citizens and entities of this Commonwealth to provide comments on the proposed diversion. The public will have 60 days to comment closing on March 14, 2016. The Compact Council and Regional Body will compile comments and provide to member states for review and consideration prior to issuing a final Declaration of Finding by the Regional Body and decision by the Compact Council. Comments can be submitted by mail, e-mail, web site or in person at a public hearing:
• By mail at Waukesha Diversion Comments, c/o Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60606.
• By e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• By web site at www.waukeshadiversion.org.
• At the public hearing at 3 p.m. CST on February 18, 2016, Carroll University, Shattuck Music Center, 218 North East Avenue, Room 122, Waukesha, WI 53186.
The Department is posting this notice on behalf of the Compact Council and Regional Body, but is not collecting comments. Comments must be submitted to one of the resources previously noted. Questions regarding this process should be directed to the Regional Body and Compact Council Secretariat, the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, (312) 407-0177.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-79. Filed for public inspection January 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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