Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wisconsin Principle For Water, Wildlife, Land, Air, Mines, Golf Courses...

I've a few sentences reprinted below on this blog's home page. Note that it highlights what state law and the Wisconsin Constitution obligate the DNR to do to ensure our rights.

Feel free to steal it.
You would find it in the wisdom of a 1960's Wisconsin State Supreme Court case, known as Hixon v. PSC, and I'd apply it widely beyond water. As the Wisconsin DNR put it: 
The court has ruled that DNR staff, when they review projects that could impact Wisconsin lakes and rivers, must consider the cumulative impacts of individual projects in their decisions. "A little fill here and there may seem to be nothing to become excited about. But one fill, though comparatively inconsequential, may lead to another, and another, and before long a great body may be eaten away until it may no longer exist. Our navigable waters are a precious natural heritage, once gone, they disappear forever," wrote the Wisconsin State Supreme Court justices in their opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC.

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