Wisconn Valley News - February 2, 2018

Project Status

Foxconn, City of Racine submit permit applications

Just as any other project in the state, Foxconn is required to submit permit applications in order to meet state and federal environmental requirements. The permitting process is underway for this project.  Such applications include:

  • A diversion application submitted by the City of Racine to extend Great Lakes water service to the area of Mount Pleasant that will include the Foxconn manufacturing campus. The DNR is reviewing that application. A public hearing on the diversion application is scheduled for March 7, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant.
  • Foxconn filed air permit applications for an employee training facility and air construction permit applications for a liquid crystal module (LCM) assembly plant and an energy plant that are part of the Foxconn manufacturing campus.  These are currently under DNR review.  Additional air permit applications are anticipated to be submitted in the near future.
  • Storm water construction site and industrial permits are required to help decrease the amount of sediment that enters waterways from construction projects to protect the quality of surface waters, wetlands and groundwater. This process includes a screening for endangered resources and an archaeological resources review.  The DNR anticipates they will receive a construction site storm water permit application soon.
  • A wetland mitigation plan is expected to be submitted to the DNR in the coming weeks for the manufacturing campus area.  This plan will propose to replace two acres of wetland for each wetland acre adversely impacted through constructing the facility. That is more than required for other mitigation projects.
  • Any discharge of pollutants to waters of the state is regulated through the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) program. Foxconn will likely discharge to Racine's sewage treatment facility which is regulated by DNR. The company must meet strict pretreatment standards in order to do that.
  • Any generation of hazardous waste will be handled/disposed of in accordance with state and federal law.

You can follow the permitting process and find permit related documents on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov search word Foxconn.


The subcontinental divide (blue line) traverses the Great Lakes basin and the Mississippi River basin, qualifying Mount Pleasant as a straddling community.

Village of Mount Pleasant land closings and partnership with Racine Habitat for Humanity

Also new this week, the Village of Mount Pleasant has begun closing on approximately 1,700 acres of land.  The Village also announced a partnership with the Racine Habitat for Humanity to donate household items to Habitat's ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. 

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Road Updates


Work along the frontage roads between County KR and WIS 20 is ramping up with long term closures being set into place. Extensive work above and below ground is underway just north of Braun Road and just south of the entrance to the Sylvania Cemetery. Access to the Cemetery is being maintained from Braun Road.

During the week of February 5, additional work begins on the east frontage road south of Braun Road which will result in full roadway closures. This work is shorter in duration and will reopen sooner than other locations along the west frontage roads.

Finally, during the week of February 12, long term full closures will go in place between Leetsbir Drive and Grandview Parkway. Extensive residential and business outreach has taken place to inform the users of the frontage roads of this upcoming work. The closures along the west frontage roads will still be in place when the next Public Involvement Meeting (PIM) is scheduled to take place covering the local and Foxconn development roads. The PIM is being planned for March 15 in Mount Pleasant.  

Additional information can be found in the project brief.

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The I-94 North-South project team hosted a PIM the afternoon and evening of January 30 in Oak Creek. The meeting focused on the north segment of the project in addition to sharing Foxconn related information. Representatives from WisDOT were on hand to address questions about the development roads, work along the frontage roads, and the OSOW (oversized, overweight) trucking routes that will connect General Mitchell International Airport with the construction site. Over 120 people attended this meeting.

What's Next


Public infrastructure designs are being finalized with the expectation that some projects will be advertised for bid in late February. In the next issue of Wisconn Valley News, a preliminary schedule of 2018 bid opportunities will be shared.

Several agencies have dedicated pages on their websites to project status updates: Department of TransportationDepartment of Natural ResourcesPublic Service CommissionRacine County, and Supply Chain Marketplace.

In the future, we plan to launch a resource that will centralize information related to Wisconn Valley.

Interesting Facts

  • Each acre of federal or nonfederal wetland filled must be compensated at a 2:1 acre ration, other state projects are only required to mitigate 1.2 to 1 wetland acre ratio.
  • In 1995 Racine sold, on average, 22.1 million gallons of water per day. Based on the Water Diversion application submitted by the City of Racine, Racine's water sales will still be lower than they were in 1995.
  • Of the water diverted, 4.3 million gallons would be returned to Lake Michigan on an average day.
  • The City of Racine's water diversion plan equates to 0.07% of the existing total daily withdrawals from Lake Michigan in 2016. The sum of all surface water withdrawn from Lake Michigan in 2016 was 9,634 million gallons per day.

Recent Announcements

Village of Mount Pleasant to Close on About 1,700 Acres of Land for the Foxconn Project

Village to partner with Racine Habitat for Humanity to donate items to its ReStore program

Village of Mount Pleasant, Wis. – Over the course of the next week, the Village of Mount

Pleasant will be closing on about 1,700 acres of land on which the Village holds options. The properties include numerous parcels in areas one, two and three of the Foxconn project site.

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DNR to hold hearing on Racine water diversion March 7 in Sturtevant; public may provide comments until March 21

MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing March 7 in Sturtevant regarding the city of Racine's Lake Michigan water diversion application.

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DNR receives straddling community diversion application from city of Racine

MADISON, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources will review an application submitted by the city of Racine to divert water from Lake Michigan for municipal needs.

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City of Racine Submits Water Diversion Application to Serve Village of Mount Pleasant

Diversion will serve job-generating development along I-94 corridor without the need to increase permitted City withdrawal from Lake Michigan

Racine, Wis. – The City of Racine today submitted a straddling community water diversion application for Great Lakes water to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on behalf of the Village of Mount Pleasant (the Village), a long-time customer of the City of Racine's Water Utility. The application is to extend water service to the portion of Mount Pleasant that is located in the Mississippi River basin, including the future site of the manufacturing facility being constructed by Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn). The DNR has review authority and will offer opportunities for public comment.

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Mobile Job Center Represents Key Component of $6.8 Million Talent Attraction & Recruitment Plan

DWD Deputy Secretary Hagerup highlights strategy to bring employment services to rural & urban communities across Wisconsin.

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Christopher Hagerup delivered testimony in support of legislation that would support a new mobile job center as part of a $6.8 million package to attract and retain talent in Wisconsin.

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Veteran Workers Targeted as Key to $6.8 Million Talent Attraction Initiative

WDVA Veterans Services Administrator Ken Grant touts plan to rally recent Veterans to state to live, work

MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Division of Veterans Services Administrator Ken Grant today delivered testimony in support of a $6.8 million initiative designed to attract and retain workers in Wisconsin. The initiative, part of Governor Scott Walker's Workforce Agenda, expands upon a campaign aimed at attracting Midwestern millennials and Wisconsin alumni.

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Foxconn's investment in Wisconsin named 'Deal of the Year' by Business Facilities Magazine

Judges were unanimous in selecting $10 billion project as top deal

MADISON, WI. Jan. 25, 2018 – The Foxconn Technology Group's decision to build a $10 billion manufacturing campus in Wisconsin has been named the 2017 "Deal of the Year" by Business Facilities magazine, a national publication for C-level executives, site selectors and economic development organizations.

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Southeast Wisconsin Community Organizations Join DWD and Foxconn to Discuss Opportunities for Wisconsin Workers

MILWAUKEE – Today, approximately 40 representatives of community-based organizations from across Southeast Wisconsin gathered at Job Center Central in Milwaukee to discuss potential collaborations that support a robust talent pipeline for new opportunities in the region's growing economy, including Foxconn's historic $10 billion capital investment in the area.

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The Wisconn Valley News is published every other week and designed to keep interested individuals up to date on Foxconn construction plans, infrastructure improvements, traffic pattern updates, and more.  Local elected officials, suppliers, contractors and members of the public are encouraged to turn to the Wisconn Valley News for the latest project status, road updates, next steps, and interesting facts.  When appropriate, special bulletins will also be distributed to ensure the most timely information possible.

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