The St. Croix River Association (SCRA), joined by Walter F. Mondale and American Rivers, filed today an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Murr vs. Wisconsin, Docket No. 15-214, in support of Wisconsin. The Murrs challenge a 1975 zoning ordinance that restricts the development and sale of their substandard shoreline parcels on the St. Croix River.
SCRA points to three facts to support its argument that the ordinance is valid: (1) the federally-recognized scenic, recreational, and ecological values of the river, (2) the local desire to protect the river as evidenced by the “Wild and Scenic River” designation, and (3) Congress’ intent that federal, state, and local action all contribute to effective protection of Wild and Scenic rivers.
A copy of the filed brief is available in pdf format: SCRA Murr v WI amicus brief
Find additional resources on the case at SCOTUSblog: www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/murr-v-wisconsin/