Friday, January 28, 2011

Walker, Still On That 52-47% High, Set Up Wetlands Fill To Fail

Most people in Wisconsin had no inkling that a developer wanted to fill in a small wetlands near Lambeau Field, and were unaware that a DNR permit had been issued to move it along - - but when Scott Walker decided to amp up his war on regulation and rule-making and skirt the rest of the process with a special bill for the developer, the wetlands hit the fan, and now the projected new tenant - - a destination fishing and outdoors supplies store - - says it is withdrawing.

In other words, the last type of retailer that needs a wetlands controversy on its plate.

As the company said, "we don't build on wetlands."

Memo to Scott Walker: just because you have the power to do things doesn't mean that's the best way for something to happen.

Update - - the land eventually went to the Packers who allowed Cabela's to build the store.


Joshua Skolnick said...

Its ironic that the proposed development that will fill the wetland was slated to be a Bass Pro Shops store. Quality sport fisheries that provide customers for Bass Pro Shops depend on high quality watersheds, not ones where the wetlands that absorb and clean surface runoff are filled and replaced with paved impervious surfaces.

Bass Pro Shops was right to withdraw from the project. I could just imagine the egg on their face if they had stayed in the proposed project. Another Scott Walker fail, which is now blowing up in his face.

Riverkeeper said...

Let's not forget all the jobs that are being created for WI by gutting wetlands! Water based tourism is a $12-15 Billion dollar industry in this state. A healthy economy in WI depends on a healthy environment. Period.

Anonymous said...

And please, everyone of the you sporting people that frequent places like the Bass Pro Shop, stop and take a count of how many products there, or in similar sporting chains are actually made by workers in the United States. A couple hundred low paying service worker jobs for the state would be immediately great, but that ignores the long term problem of providing jobs that can sustain communities, families and services over the long haul.

A few corporate big wigs will feather their own nests, period.

The city and property tax payers will be on the hook to providing additional services for the expanded business development.