Michigan state Rep. Rudy Hobbs, a Democrat, is asking Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan to veto Waukesha's request to switch to a Lake Michigan water supply.
Waukesha's proposal is being examined by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and it will be several months before the plan could be forwarded to the other seven Great Lakes states for their review. It is not yet on Snyder's desk for consideration.
But Waukesha needs the unanimous approval of each of the eight Great Lakes states to purchase lake water, and Hobbs' partisan shot is warning city officials of the reception in store for them on the east side of Lake Michigan.
"I wanted to get ahead of things," Hobbs said Tuesday in explaining why he submitted a Michigan House resolution opposing the city's plan. His resolution, with the support of 11 other Democratic legislators, is intended to raise awareness of Waukesha's request within the Michigan legislature, he said.
The Wisconsin DNR is expected to make a preliminary judgment in early 2014 on whether Waukesha's request to divert up to an average of 10.1 million gallons a day of lake water by midcentury complies with a 2008 Great Lakes protection compact.