News Headlines

Milwaukee avoids water system crisis – but not main breaks
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/30)
Thanks to an infamous public health scare in 1993, Milwaukee, Wis., has largely avoided the nationwide crisis of how to pay for long-deferred upgrades of drinking water treatment systems.

Price for Evanston water line raises eyebrows in Park Ridge
Chicago Tribune (9/23)
Park Ridge officials are questioning what they say are new cost estimate for bringing Lake Michigan water to the city from Evanston.

Bottling plan for water from Lake Superior basin shelved
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/15)
A Minocqua, Minn., grocer has canceled plans to ship water from springs in the Lake Superior basin, after learning the plan would violate an international water protection agreement between Great Lakes states and Canada.

Waukesha’s quest to divert Lake Michigan water challenged
Wisconsin Gazette (9/10)
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is opposed to Waukesha’s quest to divert water from Lake Michigan, but the city argues that this is the only answer to a court order to improve water quality by June 2018 and to also meet demands for more water.

EDITORIAL: Keep Great Lakes water at home
The Detroit News (9/7)
Several Michigan lawmakers have joined their peers from the seven other Great Lakes states in expressing concern about a proposal by a Wisconsin city to divert water from the the lakes basin.

Great Lakes neighbor bullish on fresh water
The Buffalo News (9/6)
As New York State looks at access to vast freshwater supplies as a possible engine for attracting people and jobs, the region’s leaders and politicians might do well to take lessons from a Great Lakes shore city that has a track record - Milwaukee, Wis.


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Consumptive Use Coefficients

To estimate consumptive use, the states and provinces apply various consumptive use coefficients as summarized in the table below.

data table

Developing more accurate consumptive use information is a regional priority. The following reports on consumptive use is available from U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Basin Pilot Publications page: