Great Lakes Compact – Friend or Foe

In April 2018, Wisconsin granted permission to the City of Racine to divert water from Lake Michigan outside of the Great Lakes water basin. The diversion of water is not for drinking water and instead to service a Foxconn factory to make LCD screens. It is estimated that approximately 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan will be diverted to serve the Foxconn facility. The electronics company from Taiwan proposes the construction of a flat-screen facility in Mount Pleasant which is situated approximately 30 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago. Racine requested permission from the Department of Natural Resources to divert water from Lake Michigan to serve the facility. Environmental Groups are reviewing the approval to determine whether or not it violates the Great Lakes Compact. The Great Lakes Compact is an agreement among Great Lake states and Canadian provinces that governs and oversees how water from the Great Lakes can be used. The…

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