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Nobody said democracy would be easy. Just ask any of the thousands of people who have been making their opinions known on the matter of the Waukesha, Wisconsin’s application to divert roughly 10 million gallons/day of Lake Michigan water. The city has been working on this application for as long as I’ve been in Wisconsin (more than fifteen years), and the public hasn’t had much of a rest for that entire time…. Read More

As a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institute, I have the honor of collaborating with some of the best policy minds in the country. A recent discussion about national water challenges parlayed into the following piece co-authored with Rob Puentes of the Brookings Institute.  It originally appeared on the Brookings’ website and is re-posted here in its entirety: As the historic drought in the Western U.S. continues unabated and as communities in… Read More

I’ve been following Waukesha’s water woes for more than a decade, and in my former capacity as executive director of Milwaukee Riverkeeper I was on the front lines of the coalition that helped to pass a strong Great Lakes Compact. However, after leaving that role in late 2008 to refocus on national water matters, I’ve been on the sidelines, observing the Waukesha water skirmishes from a distance. This week, with the deadline for… Read More

Do you dream of being Gwen Ifill or John Stewart? I don’t, but nonetheless I recently had a chance to moderate a panel as part of Great Lakes Week. The team, assembled by Associate Professor McGee Young of Marquette University and co-sponsored by The Water Council, included noted author Charles Fishman, Surabhi Shah, Director of EPA’s Urban Waters Program and Carrie Bristoll-Groll, Principal Civil Engineer of Stormwater Solutions Engineering. Great Lakes Week had dozens of panels and… Read More

At a recent Wingspread meeting, David Sedlak of UC-Berkeley made mention of “sewer scalping”.  My ears twitched, adjusting to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  David is professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and co-chairs the NSF-funded center for Re-Inventing Our Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure, an exciting endeavor (aka ReNUWIt, about which I’ve written previously).  David and his colleagues live on the intellectual edge of the very necessary matters surrounding urban water… Read More