Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New WI wetlands plan: OK, fill that one, not that one, wait...no...

So this counts as progress in the era of Walker and his GOP-led, donor-driven 'chamber of commerce mentality' government:

Because not everyone can have Foxconn-level environmental privileges, run-of-the-mill developers and others under a newly-proposed, no-permit-needed, statewide wetlands filling plan can build on some flood-controlling, habitat-preserving, contamination-cleansing wetlands - - just not on all million+wetlands acres available out there:  

Under the revisions released Monday, developers could fill up to an acre of wetlands in an urban area without a DNR permit if the activity doesn’t affect a rare and high-quality wetland. The new provisions define an urban area as an incorporated area, an area within a mile of an incorporated area or an area served by a sewage system. Developers could fill up to 3 acres per parcel of wetlands outside urban areas if the activity again doesn’t disturb a rare and high-quality wetland and development is related to structures with an agricultural purpose.
Got all that?

These short-sighted 'public' officials have forgotten a State Supreme Court common sense admonition against doing the very thing which is about to hit the Assembly floor before it gets to the Governor for a signature.

It's been out on my blog's face page and on a DNR web page for years:


"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 Supreme Court in its 1960 opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC and buttressing The Public Trust Doctrine, Article IX of the Wisconsin State Constitution.
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