MADISON -- A new general permit that streamlines approvals for small-scale dredging in the state's lakes, rivers and streams has been drafted and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the language.
The public comment period on the general permit runs until the close of business March 3, 2017.
The proposed general permit, once in place, is valid for five years and will allow applicants to apply for coverage under the permit to remove up to 25 cubic yards from streams and inland lakes and up to 100 cubic yards from the Great Lakes if the project meets all eligibility criteria and conditions.
DNR does not anticipate this general permit to result in significant effects on the environment. Previously approved general permits cover projects for maintenance dredging of a previously dredged area and for removal of accumulated plant and animal nuisance deposits.
DNR plans to hold two public informational hearings to solicit input on the draft general permit on Feb. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. in room G09, DNR GEF 2 building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison and the second on Feb. 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the DNR Service Center, 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay.
For more information or to submit written comments on the draft waterway general permit via email, send to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via U. S. mail, send to Waterway and Wetland Policy Coordinator, DNR-WT/3, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.