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Action Alert: Foxconn Wants 7 Million Gallons / Day

Posted on March 5, 2018 by

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What’s Happening

The City of Racine has requested that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approve a water diversion of 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan for use at Foxconn.

The Great Lakes Compact (an eight-state agreement in place to manage water diversions and withdrawals from the Great Lakes) is relevant because this Lake Michigan water diversion will be used in a community that is only partly in the Lake Michigan drainage basin, aka a “Straddling Community.”

Why Do We Care?

  1. This new diversion of 7 million gallons a day violates the intent of the Great Lakes Compact. The diversion is primarily for a private industrial use (Foxconn) rather than public (“largely residential”) use as required by the Great Lakes Compact which states, “all the Water so transferred shall be used solely for Public Water Supply Purposes within the Straddling Community.” The City of Racine is requesting this diversion for the Village of Mt. Pleasant and the Village is a straddling community.
  2. The diversion application does not provide enough detail about the quality of the water that will be returned to the City of Racine and Lake Michigan. More details regarding the amount of metals and chemicals in the returned water should be provided to the DNR before this application can be reviewed.

What You Can Do

Ask the DNR to reject the City of Racine’s water diversion application to provide water to the future site of the Foxconn facility.

How You Can Provide Comments to the DNR

1) Submit comments by email before March 21st, 2018use this link to easily modify and email our recommended comments.

2) Attend the public hearing

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Presentation: 6pm
Public hearing: 6:30pm
SC Johnson iMET Center
2320 Renaissance Blvd
Sturtevant, WI 53177

3) Or, submit comments by mail by March 21st, 2018

DNR Drinking Water and Groundwater Program DG/5
Attn: Adam Freihoefer
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

Recommended Comment

The City of Racine’s request for a new diversion of 7 million gallons a day violates the intent of the Great Lakes Compact. The diversion is primarily for a private industrial use (Foxconn) rather than public (“largely residential”) use as required by the Great Lakes Compact which states, “all the Water so transferred shall be used solely for Public Water Supply Purposes within the Straddling Community.” The diversion application also does not provide enough detail about the quality of the water that will be returned to the City of Racine and Lake Michigan. For these reasons, the DNR should deny this application.

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