VICTIMS OF GOVERNMENT UPDATE: Wetland Area, Disputed By Senator Johnson, Now Under Several Feet of Water | WisCommunity

VICTIMS OF GOVERNMENT UPDATE: Wetland Area, Disputed By Senator Johnson, Now Under Several Feet of Water

[img_assist|nid=400733|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=225]A few weeks ago I Senator Ron Johnson's "Victim of Government" sham: that the "victim" was really nothing more than a victim of his own stupidity, who was complaining because the government said he couldn't put a housing development in a swampy floodplain.

In his to the Army Corps of Engineers, Johnson mocked the designation of this area as a wetland:

Unfortunately, the Corps issued a Cease and Desist letter to Mr. Lathrop in December 1990. The Corps informed him that the dump was a "wetland" under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Later Johnson charged that the Corps was guilty of "injudicicious application of wetland regulations."

What Johnson failed to mention was that the area that Stephen Lathrop wanted to develop used to be depicted on many old maps as a lake and is today called Dobrey Slough. A "slough," its for marsh, swamp or... wetland.

The reason the Corps was calling this area a wetland is because its a wetland.  And, as is typical of wetlands around the Mississippi River, this is a wetland that floods often --which is why it is in a designated floodplain.  In fact, at the time of this writing, the area that Ron Johnson claims was "injudiciously" classified as a wetland is not only very wet,

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April 20, 2013 - 5:36pm

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