The Root River begins its journey in the Waukesha County suburb of New Berlin and flows generally southeast through the Milwaukee County suburbs of West Allis, Greenfield, Greendale and Franklin to Caledonia and then Racine, where it enters Lake Michigan.

Along the way, the gently flowing river and the recreational paths and trails that run along its banks provide enjoyment for thousands of fishing enthusiasts, canoeists, kayakers, hikers, bikers, ATV-ers and others.

These are people who obviously are interested in water quality. So it will no doubt interest them to know that the treated water Waukesha will send back to Lake Michigan every day via the Root River will actually improve the river’s water quality and flow rate.

And Dr. John Skalbeck will gladly show you how that’s possible. Dr. Skalbeck is a Professor at UW Parkside with a PhD in hydrogeology, as well as years of experience as a groundwater consultant specializing in contamination and remediation.

Myth vs. Fact

The subject of water resource management is often emotionally charged, and the passions it raises can lead to a blurring of the line between myth and fact. We’d like to address some of the common misperceptions that have arisen since Lake Michigan was identified as the only reasonable long term water supply for Waukesha.


Frequently Answered Questions

Here’s the place to start…
in case you’re wondering.