On June 21, representatives of the eight states that border the Great Lakes unanimously approved a request from the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin to receive drinking water from Lake Michigan. This marks the first time the signatories to the Great Lakes Compact have authorized diverting water out of the Great Lakes watershed. Waukesha, a city of 70,000 people, is under a court order to abandon its radium-laced groundwater wells by 2018. The City has sought approval to use Lake Michigan water for the past six years. As the Policy Vice President for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Molly Flanagan testified against Waukesha’s application.