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For information on Lakes in Wisconsin, contact:
Wisconsin DNR Lakes
Division of Water
Bureau of Watershed Management

Aquatic Plant Management (APM)

Ponds

Long Lake, Sheboygan County

In order to protect diverse and stable communities of native aquatic plants and prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants, many aquatic plant management and nuisance control activities require a permit issued by the Department. Please contact your local aquatic plant management coordinator before engaging in any aquatic plant management or nuisance control activities.



Now available: Electronic submittal for all Chemical and Mechanical/Manual Applications and Aquatic Plant Management Herbicide Treatment Records

To submit Chemical Aquatic Plant Control Applications (Form 3200-004) and Mechanical/Manual Aquatic Plant Applications (Form 3200-113) please visit the Water Portal Page.

To submit Aquatic Plant Management Herbicide Treatment Records (Form 3200-111) please visit the Water Portal Page. You do not need to submit paper copies of the treatment record forms if submitted electronically.

Submit the treatment record form:
  1. Immediately if any unusual circumstances occurred during treatment.
  2. As soon as possible, not later than 30 days after treatment.
  3. By October 1st of the permit year if no treatment occurred.

Mailing Address for paper materials:

Wisconsin DNR
Water Permit Central Intake – Attn. APM
PO Box 7185
Madison, WI 53707-7185

If you have problems or questions with permit application or treatment record submittal, please contact:

 Scott Provost, Statewide APM Coordinator via email or Phone: 715-421-7881  APM Central Intake via phone: 608-266-0053.

This is a text version of our APM interactive question and answer module to help you understand if you need a permit for your project. If you are seeing this message, you currently have JavaScript disabled. This text version is here to help you understand if you need a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for your APM project, and if so, which one. Please go through and answer each question. This will help you determine which permit you will need.

Determine permit required

Question 1:

What type of treatment are you proposing to use to manage Aquatic or Riparian Plants, Mosquitoes or Fish?









If your answer is Use Herbicides or other Chemicals: go to Question 2

If your answer is Non-Mechanical Harvesting:go to Question 4

You will need to apply for a Mechanical Permit [PDF].

If your answer is Mechanical Harvesting:go to Question 6

If your answer is Use of chemicals for fish removal: go to Question 7

Question 2:

Are you proposing a treatment in a private pond? A pond is considered a private pond if it meets ALL THREE of the following, as described in NR 107.11(3).

  • A body of water located entirely on the land of an applicant
  • A body of water with no surface water discharge, or a discharge that can be controlled to prevent chemical loss
  • A body of water without access by the public

You've answered All three conditions are met.

If your answer is “All three conditions are met”:

Apply using the online permit system*(Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply). If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding. You can also apply by mailing in a paper permit application [PDF]. The permit fee for private ponds is $20, and does not require the acreage fee portion. Be sure to include:

  1. Map(s) of proposed treatment areas

If your answer is "One or more of the conditions are not met”: go to Question 3.

Question 3:

Are you proposing to treat 10 acres or more, or 10% or more of the waterbody?

You've answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

Apply using the online permit system*(Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply). If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding. You can also apply by mailing in a paper permit application [PDF]. Be sure to include:

  1. Map(s) of proposed treatment areas
  2. List of Riparian Owners
  3. Public Notice (See NR107.03(3)(f))
  4. Large Scale Worksheet or copy of one submitted and approved within the past 5 years as long as everything on it is current.

You've answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

Apply using the online permit system*(Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply). If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding. You can also apply by mailing in a paper permit application [PDF]. Be sure to include:

  1. Map(s) of proposed treatment areas
  2. List of Riparian Owners

Question 4:

Are you removing an Invasive Species?

You've answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

Contact your local aquatic plant management coordinator for further guidance

Question 5:

Are you proposing to harvest within a 30’ corridor?

You've answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit needed. Contact your local aquatic plant management coordinator if you need further guidance.

You've answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

Apply using the online permit system*(Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply). If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding. You can also apply by mailing in a paper permit application [PDF]. The permit fee is $30/acre with a $300 cap. Be sure to include:

  1. Map(s) of proposed treatment areas
  2. List of Riparian Owners

Question 6:

Are you proposing to harvest aquatic plants on a waterbody less than 10 acres with single ownership?

You've answered Yes.

If your answer is “Yes,”:

No permit is required. For further guidance refer to the DNR Pond Guide and/or contact your local aquatic plant management coordinator.

You've answered No.

If your answer is “No,”:

Apply using the online permit system*(Please note: WAMS ID and password needed to apply). If you do not have a WAMS ID, you must register for one prior to proceeding. You can also apply by mailing in a paper permit application [PDF]. Be sure to include:

  1. Map(s) of proposed treatment areas
  2. List of Riparian Owners

Question 7:

Are you proposing to use a material such as Rotenone for fish removal from a waterbody?

If your answer is "Yes”: go to Question 2

If your answer is "No”: go to Question 2

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