Thursday, April 26, 2018

"Water diversion OK boosts Foxconn"

From The Journal

MOUNT PLEASANT — Foxconn Technology Group announced Wednesday that the state Department of Natural Resources approved the City of Racine’s water diversion application, which was made in part to support the $10 billion Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant.

The city applied to the DNR for a straddling community diversion, and the agency approved the city’s request to divert up to an average of 7 million gallons of water per day to the Village of Mount Pleasant. The diversion area includes part of the future site of the Foxconn facility.

Top government and economic development officials hailed the approval as a boon to the region’s ability to develop economically.

Mount Pleasant Village President Dave DeGroot said: “The diversion request approved today is something the Village of Mount Pleasant has been considering for years as we have explored ways to support broader I-94 corridor development, creating even more Racine County jobs, patrons and residents.

“We will now be able to provide clean, reliable, safe water to the businesses that will locate to this area, and the thousands of workers they will employ,” DeGroot said.

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave said: “From day one, county leadership has been careful and thoughtful in our approach to capitalizing on a major investment from Foxconn. We have worked hard to maximize benefits for Racine County residents and taxpayers, while also protecting the fabric of our community — including our natural resources.

“The approved water diversion to the Village of Mount Pleasant will strengthen our community, lead to greater opportunities for economic development and will do so in a responsible, environmentally accountable way,” Delagrave concluded.

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