Category Archives: Water

Federal Judge in North Dakota clarifies that injunction against Waters of US rule limited to 13 states

  U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson clarified that the preliminary injunction he issued last week against the implementation of the Obama Administration’s Wasters of the U.S. rule only applies to the 13 states (including Wisconsin) that sued to block the … Continue reading

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EPA Issues “Waters of the United States” Final Rule

Last Wednesday, (May 27, 2015) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its finalized Waters of the United States rule just over a year after it released its proposed rule. This rule was proposed to clarify the EPA’s jurisdiction over the … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Water Act, Environmental Protection Agency, Regulatory Train Wreck, Water

Court Rules Environmental Group Failed to Exhaust Administrative Remedies When Challenging Permit

On April 29, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District III, held that the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin failed to exhaust its administrative remedies when it first sought judicial review under Wis. Stat. § 227.52 (Administrative Actions and … Continue reading

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DNR Releases Report on Water Use in Wisconsin

As part of Wisconsin’s participation in the Great Lakes Compact, water users capable of withdrawing 100,000 gallons per day are required to report their water usage for the previous year to the DNR by March 1 of each year. The … Continue reading

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Court Decides Important Mining Case

Right on the heels of the Great Lake Legal Foundation’s success in the Wisconsin’s Supreme Court’s Lake Koshkonong case comes another decisive win for the Foundation’s legal efforts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has agreed with … Continue reading

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Limitations Placed on Public Trust Doctrine

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision protecting property owners and businesses from overreaching bureaucrats at the Department of Natural Resources, at the same time protecting Wisconsin’s pristine waterways. However, environmental groups are trying to marginalize the decision … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

News Coverage & Reactions to the Lake Koshkonong Decision

Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits DNR’s Regulatory Authority under the Public Trust Doctrine: Great Lakes Legal Foundation, July 16, 2013.WMC Statement on Lake Koshkonong Ruling: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, July 16, 2013.WI Supreme Court Limits DNR Power on Lake Levels: Midwest … Continue reading

Posted in Court Watch, Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Rest Lake Dam Decision Postponed in Response to Lake Koshkonong Decision

The DNR is postponing public information hearings on a new operating order for the Rest Lake Dam in Vilas County while staff evaluate possible the impact of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Lake Koshkonong decision.

Posted in Department of Natural Resources, Rulemaking in Wisconsin, Water, Wisconsin Supreme Court

DNR Accepting Comments on Shoreland Zoning Changes

The DNR is accepting comments on proposed changes to minimum statewide shoreland zoning standards, with the goal of providing more flexibility for property owners and making the standards easier for counties to implement. To respond to concerns expressed by counties … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Rule to Bring Clean Water Act Reporting Into the 21st Century

The EPA has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. The proposed e-reporting rule would make facility-specific … Continue reading

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