A Test of the Great Lakes Compact: Environmental Justice and the Waukesha Diversion Return Flow Plan

This case study describes how Waukesha changed its plan to return its wastewater from a river that flows through a largely White, middle class community, to one that flows through a largely minority, lower income community, after protest from the middle class community. The case study also identifies intervention points where Waukesha could make changes to minimize the impact of the diversion on certain communities and be a positive model for how Great Lakes Compact diversions could be done equitably in the future.

Read the full article published by the Cornell Policy Review written by Professional Science Master’s graduates Grace Barlow, Jose Basaldua, Leah Holloway and Angeline Koch.