Proposed DNR program guidance
The Wisconsin DNR creates and revises program guidance to aid in the consistent implementation of statutes and codes.
State lawmakers and the Natural Resources Board may grant the DNR authority to define the specific implementation details of regulations and programs. This is often described as broad decision-making authority. To help consistently implement broad decision-making authority, DNR programs often develop "program guidance."
Program guidance is formal written direction to DNR staff that explains how to approach making decisions when there are not specific details in the law. Department programs use different formats to document guidance including operational handbooks, manual codes and written directives from managers to staff. Program guidance can include recommended actions or suggested permit conditions when certain factors or criteria are present. Program guidance may also clarify implementation of legal authority or guide decision-making where legal authority allows discretion in decisions.
Opportunities for participation
We welcome your input on new and revised program guidance. Here are some key facts about this public input process.
- The comment period is 21 days unless modified for cause.
- Notice of proposed guidance will be posted on this site. You may sign up to be automatically notified.
- All comments received will be considered and a comment response summary will be shared on this page. Please be aware that the comment response summary will include all of the submitted comments in the format they were received.
- Final guidance will be posted on this page for 21 days once it is completed. We strive to post the final guidance within 45 days of the expiration of the comment period.
- If you would like to request that the department consider updating an existing guidance, please contact the appropriate DNR program directly or email the DNR Secretary's Office.
Proposed program guidance
|Program Area||Subject||Status||Documents||Staff Contact||Comments|
|Floodplain Management||Flood map revision requirements||Comment period open until December 17, 2013||Proposed guidance document||Gary Heinrichs||Send comments to Gary Heinrichs|
|Grants||Additional Subprogram Added to the Municipal Flood Control Grant Program||Comment period open until December 16, 2013||Proposed guidance document||Gary Heinrichs||Send comments to Gary Heinrichs|
|Air Monitoring||High Volume PM10/TSP Calibration/Verification/Audit Guidance||Final drafting in progress||
|Jason Treutel||Comment period closed|
|CAFOs||Proposed guidance for implementing new EPA public notice requirements for substantial modifications to nutrient management plans||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Andrew Craig||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Seed Policy||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Carmen Hardin||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Proposed Recommendations for a Reforestation Program||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Carmen Hardin||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Proposed guidance for the administering the Weed Management Area - Private Forest Grant Program||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Thomas Boos||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Proposed revision to the Swamp Hardwood Chapter of the Silviculture Handbook||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Carmen Hardin||Comment period closed|
|Forestry||Proposed revisions to the Silviculture Handbook, Chapter 22 - Artificial Regeneration||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Bradley Hutnik||Comment period closed|
|Grants||Reduction in Documentation Needed from Grantees of Some Grant Programs||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Kari Beetham||Comment period closed|
|Grants||Proposed Application Deadline Changes for Five Surface Water Grant Programs||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Carroll Schaal||Comment period closed|
|Land Division||Policy on State Land Sales||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Douglas Haag||Comment period closed|
|Remediation and Redevelopment||Form developed to replace guidance RR-919 and the former ch. NR 726 Appendix A notification letter||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Jane Lemcke||Comment period closed|
|Remediation and Redevelopment||Revised form, especially the directions, for Operation and Maintenance of Remedial Systems||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Gary Edelstein||Comment period closed|
|Remediation and Redevelopment||New Contained Out Numbers for TCE, PCE and Vinyl Chloride||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Judy Fassbender||Comment period closed|
|Science Services||Handbook and policy on scientific integrity||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Ellen Puccio||Comment period closed|
|Storm Water Management||Proposed Delayed Implementation Guidance||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Eric Rortvedt||Comment period closed|
|Storm Water Management||Proposed Infiltration Guidance||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Eric Rortvedt||Comment period closed|
|Storm Water Management||Proposed Permeable Pavement Technical Standard||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Kathleen (Kate) Gleason||Comment period closed|
|Waterways and Wetlands||Proposed guidance for fish passage projects||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Bob Wakeman||Comment period closed|
|Wetlands||Proposed guidance for best management practices for preventing the spread of invasive species in wetlands||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Patricia Trochlell||Comment period closed|
|Wetlands||Proposed guidance for compensatory wetland mitigation for utility projects||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Joshua Brown||Comment period closed|
|Wildlife Management||Proposed guidance for "farming agreements," where the department enters into agreements with farmers to plant agricultural crops, harvest hay or graze department lands as a land management technique||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Tim Lizotte||Comment period closed|
|Wildlife Management||Proposed guidance for the bear damage management program||Guidance on hold
Changes will be made instead via administrative code
|Proposed guidance document||Bradley Koele||Comment period closed|