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Public comments sought on draft general permit for wetlands associated with certain construction sites

Published by Central Office May 2, 2017

Contact(s): Cami Peterson, DNR waterway and wetland program, 608-261-6400, cami.peterson@wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov.

MADISON -- A new general permit that addresses impacts to wetlands that formed in depressions created as a result of grading and construction activities within uplands 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 May 30, 2017.

The proposed general permit, once in place, is valid for five years and will allow applicants to apply for coverage under the permit on up to 2 acres of wetland fill if the project meets all eligibility criteria and conditions.

DNR staff do not anticipate this general permit to result in significant effects on the environment. A previously approved general permit covered projects for residential, commercial and industrial development.

DNR plans to hold two public informational hearings to solicit input on the draft general permit on May 15 at 1p.m. at the DNR Service Center, 625 E. County Road Y, Oshkosh, and on May 19 at 1 p.m. in room G09, DNR GEF 2 building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

A copy of the draft wetland general permit for certain construction sites is available on the wetlands page of the DNR website.

For more information or to submit written comments on the draft waterway general permit via email, send to dnrwywrzguidance@wisconsin.gov, or via U. S. mail, send to Waterway and Wetland Policy Coordinator, DNR-WT/3, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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