New Berlin needed to take action to deal with the radium problem in its municipal wells.
Last week, the state Department of Natural Resources approved New Berlin's application to obtain Lake Michigan water for parts of our city.
The Journal Sentinel Editorial Board blog refers to the water deal as a "win-win" that benefits New Berlin and Milwaukee.
In other words, the Journal Sentinel considers it an example of cooperation yielding positive results.
In his blog MetroMilwaukeeToday, Greg Kowalski, a former member of Franklin's Environmental Commission, calls the DNR approval "A Victory for New Berlin and Mayor Jack Chiovatero". He notes that radium enriched wells have public health risks including cancer. Kowalski credits Chiovatero's work with the City of Milwaukee, state legislators, and the DNR for their efforts to bring Lake Michigan water to parts of New Berlin--- and better health for our residents.
Kowalski also points out the irony of state Sen. Mary Lazich--a New Berlin resident--being more hindrance than help in this endeavor.