Brief Filed In Challenge To Highway Widening and Reconstruction Project in Southeastern Wisconsin’s Scenic Kettle Moraine Region

On behalf of two community associations, the Highway J Citizens Group, U.A. and the Waukesha County Environmental Action League, and one local resident, we have filed a summary judgment brief in our case challenging the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of federal funding for a major highway project in the unique and beautiful Kettle Moraine region of Southeastern Wisconsin.  The highway project will have potentially significant environmental impacts on the distinctive glacial geography of the area as numerous hills are cut and flattened, historic properties and structures are demolished, and wetlands are filled – all of which degrade the area’s scenic view shed and tranquil rural character, and adversely impact state-listed endangered and threatened plants and animals. Our brief argues that the Federal Highway Administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it approved funding for this highway project without first evaluating these potentially significant environmental effects. A copy of our brief is available here.

Photo: nearby Holy Hill in the fall

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