By Paul Schmitt
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has come down with a ruling on the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) on the west side waterfront property. The release of the 33-page document by the DNR declares the OHWM of Lake Michigan on the shore of land parcels 92 and 100 in the city of Sturgeon Bay. Parcel 92 which is where the current Granary building sits and is scheduled to be dismantled is within the DNR ruling. Approximately three-fourths of Parcel 100, including where the controversial Lindgren Hotel was to be built also falls within the DNR’s established OHWM. The noted land parcels with the DNR Concurrence Boundary represents the landward boundary or lateral extent of the public lakebed. This means no private development may be done on the designated properties falling below the Ordinary High Water Mark. You can find the 33-page document including illustrations handed down by the DNR below.
Rep. Joel Kitchens says he will not bring legislation to the floor that would end the dispute regarding the OHWM on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront due to the end of the session is just a couple weeks away.