Root River to be affected by water diversion
Major legal obstacles for Waukesha’s plan to tap Lake Michigan for drinking water have been hurdled and it now appears likely this will happen around 2023. The plan is to return wastewater to Lake Michigan via the Root River. Presently the Root River is a popular paddling river, but this could change as the river responds to the additional volume. Inversely, the Illinois Fox would no longer be Waukesha’s effluent outlet. Typically the Fox is a weak paddling prospect, but could be much more interesting after this change takes place.