Great Lakes Compact: Selfishness and Self-Interest in Wisconsin


Tip O'Neill nailed it when he said "All politics is local;" In Wisconsin, the Great Lakes Compact may crash over Tom Gustafson's second bedroom. He lives right on top of the boundary line of the Great Lakes watershed, what the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel calls "what could become one of the 21st century's most contentious borders - the line that could someday separate those who have access to Great Lakes water from everybody else." Unlike Michigan, which is almost entirely within the watershed, Wisconsin is divided, and people on the wrong side of the line want access to the water, instead of the radium-tainted aquifer that they draw from now.

Read a thorough article about how petty politics and local power plays may skewer the whole thing at the ::Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel