• September 14, 2009

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis heard argument today on cross-motions for summary judgment in a case brought by Sierra Club Northstar Chapter in regard to a bridge over the St. Croix River.

Cross motions for summary judgment had been pending since late May.

The Sierra Club, represented by the Environmental Law & Policy Center, in Chicago, and a phalanx of lawyers from Faegre & Benson, argues that National Park Service breached its obligations under the WSRA, the Management Plan for the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and the NPS Organic Act and General Authorities Act. Moreover, the Sierra Club argues that the environmental impact statement (“EIS”) for the Proposed Bridge violates the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), and FHWA’s approval of the Proposed Bridge violated Section 4(f) of the Transportation Act.

The Government entity defendants — the feds, Minnesota, and Wisconsin don’t see it the same way.

I am betting this case was “taken under advisement” and I would not look for a ruling for months.

Sierra Club North Star Chapter St Croix River SJ

Federal Defendants Response to Sierra Mot SJ

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