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Continued: Divided Wisconsin Supreme Court limits DNR power

  • Article by: SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 16, 2013 - 1:10 PM

Elizabeth Wheeler, the attorney for those groups, said the ruling unnecessarily narrowed the DNR's authority to regulate non-navigable waters through the public trust doctrine, but it also bolstered it by saying the agency can regulate those areas using other laws.

"It's not a clear cut win or loss," she said.

Crooks was joined his dissent by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. Prosser was joined in the majority by Justices Pat Roggensack, Michael Gableman and Annette Ziegler.

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