The Great Lakes provide drinking water for nearly 40 million people and invaluable opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and more. There is nothing else in the world like the Great Lakes — we can't afford not to protect this critical resource.
The city of Waukesha proposes to take water out of Lake Michigan, despite the city's location outside the Great Lakes water system. Waukesha is the first community to make such a request under the Great Lakes Compact, a historic agreement that protects Great Lakes water from being sold to the highest bidder.Thankfully, the Compact sets a high bar for requests like this.
While Waukesha faces serious water problems, using Great Lakes water should be a last resort. Waukesha should prioritize water conservation before tapping into the Great Lakes.
As the first community to apply for Great Lakes water under the Compact, Waukesha must be a leading example to protect this national treasure. Waukesha has a plan for water conservation but has failed to put sufficient effort or resources into it.
Please sign this petition telling Waukesha not to waste Great Lakes water by working aggressively to conserve water.