rejects DNR permit for new Kohler Company golf course
MADISON, Wis. — An
administrative law judge has invalided a key environmental permit
for the Kohler Company's new luxury golf course along Lake Michigan
in Sheboygan County.
A Milwaukee newspaper reports Judge Mark Kaiser issued the decision
The Friends of the Black River Forest challenged the DNR's decision
in 2018 that the loss of nearly four acres of wetlands and shoreline
forest was acceptable. Kaiser found the DNR failed to follow state
requirements for projects involving wetland loss, Kohler's steps to
mitigate the loss weren't adequate and the DNR lacked enough
information on hydrology and pesticides to grant the permit.
Kohler spokesman Dirk Willis says the company will appeal.
The course's opponents maintain that former Republican Gov. Scott
Walker's administration pressured the DNR to approve the project.