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 open for public comment

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Remediation and Redevelopment Identifying and Documenting Characteristics of Imported Soil and Other Fill Materials Prior to Use on VPLE Sites (RR-041) Comment period extended until
June 5, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michael Prager Send comments to Michael Prager
Remediation and Redevelopment Case Closure Continuing Obligations: Vapor Intrusion (RR-042) Comment period open until
June 5, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Terry Evanson Send comments to Terry Evanson
Remediation and Redevelopment Vapor Intrusion Continuing Obligations Applied in DNR Closure Approvals Wisconsin (RR-5474) Comment period open until
June 5, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Terry Evanson Send comments to Terry Evanson
Wastewater & WPDES Permits Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) Group of 10 Calculation of Concentration Using Toxicity Equivalent Factors Comment period open until
June 5, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Paul Luebke Send comments to Paul Luebke
Dredging Projects Sediment Sampling and Analysis for Dredging Permit Application and Approval Comment period open until
May 29, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jim Killian Send comments to Jim Killian
Drinking Water and Groundwater Water Storage Facility Inspection Report (Form 3300-248) Comment period open until
May 25, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michael Blodgett Send comments to Michael Blodgett
Wildlife Management Adopt a Fish or Wildlife Area Program Comment period open until
May 22, 2015

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Draft Sponsor Application and Permit Form [PDF]

Eric Lobner Send comments to Eric Lobner

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Loans Loan Affordability Criteria Final documents available until
June 5, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Becky Scott Response to comments [PDF]
Loans SCADA and Water Meter Loans Policy Final documents available until
June 5, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Jeanne Cargill Response to comments [PDF]
Department-wide Permit Application and Approval Requirements for Department Led Projects Final documents available until
May 29, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Shelley Warwick Response to comments [PDF]
E-Cycle Wisconsin Process for Suspending or Revoking E-Cycle Wisconsin Registration Final documents available until
May 29, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Sarah Murray Response to comments [PDF]
Forest Management Forest Aesthetics Handbook Final document available until
May 29, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Sarah Herrick No public comments received
Forest Management Silviculture Handbook, Chapter 22 - Artificial Regeneration Final document available until
May 29, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Bradley Hutnik No public comments received
Forest Management Silviculture Handbook, Chapter 23 - Intermediate Treatments Final document available until
May 29, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge No public comments received
Forest Management Silviculture Handbook, Chapter 24 - Marking and Retention Final document available until
May 29, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge No public comments received
Forest Management Silviculture Handbook, Chapter 51 - Red Maple Final documents available until
May 29, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Bradley Hutnik Response to comments [PDF]

Proposed program guidance in final drafting status

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Air Management Malfunction Prevention and Abatement Plan (MPAP) Requirements Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Colin Duffy Comment period closed
Facilities & Lands Proposed guidance for department staff when conducting a 15 year review of the master plans for department managed property Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Tom Watkins Comment period closed
Floodplain Management Flood map revision requirements Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Gary Heinrichs Comment period closed
Forest Health Best Management Practices for Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Bernie Williams Comment period closed
Forest Management Administering the Weed Management Area - Private Forest Grant Program On hold - guidance being redrafted and will be reposted for public comment Proposed guidance document [PDF] Carmen Hardin Comment period closed
Forest Management Revisions to the Fire Management Handbook 4325.1, Chapter 2 (Prevention) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Comment period closed
Forest Management Revisions to the Fire Management Handbook 4325.1, Chapter 6 (Partner Agreements) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Comment period closed
Grants Reduction in Documentation Needed from Grantees of Some Grant Programs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kari Beetham Comment period closed
Grants Revisions to Criteria for Municipal Dam Grant Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kari Beetham Comment period closed
Grants Surface Water Grants program guidance and application revisions Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Proposed form [PDF]

Shelly Thomsen Comment period closed
Land Division Policy on State Land Sales Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Douglas Haag Comment period closed
Natural Heritage Conservation American Marten (Martes americana) Species Guidance Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Nonpoint Source Pollution Wisconsin's Nonpoint Source Program Management Plan for FFY 2016-2020 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Corinne Billings Comment period closed
Prescribed Burning Statewide Prescribed Burning Guidance for 2015 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Michele Witecha

Matt Zine

Comment period closed
Prescribed Burning Wisconsin Smoke Management Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ralph Sheffer Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Averaging Soil-Contaminant Concentration Data Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Aristeo Pelayo Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment New Contained Out Numbers for TCE, PCE and Vinyl Chloride Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Judy Fassbender Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Management of Contaminated Soils and Other Waste Materials Under s. NR 718, Wis. Adm. Code Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Judy Fassbender Comment period closed
Runoff Management Proposed Changes to Targeted Runoff Management Grant Program Applications (Forms 8700-300 and 8700-333) and Instructions Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Linda Talbot Comment period closed
Science Services Handbook and policy on scientific integrity Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ellen Puccio Comment period closed
Septage Program Applicant for Operator-in-Charge (OIC) and Streamlined Variance Procedures for Emergency Operator-in-Charge (OIC) Situation Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Fred Hegeman Comment period closed
Solid Waste Exempting Low-Hazard Wastes From Solid Waste Regulations Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Morris Comment period closed
Solid Waste Granting Fee Waivers for Voluntary Waste Removals Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Wolbert Comment period closed
Storm Water Modeling Post-Construction Storm Water Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eric Rortvedt Comment period closed
Storm Water Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculations for Construction Sites Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculation Tool [XLS]

Pete Wood Comment period closed
WPDES Permits, Aquaculture Guidance for WPDES Permitting for Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production Facilities Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jacob Zimmerman Comment period closed
Waste and Materials Management Exempting Low-Hazard Wastes from Solid Waste Regulations Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Morris Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management Guidance for Landfill Tonnage Fee Exemptions under 2013 Wisconsin Act 301 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Wolbert Comment period closed
Wastewater Updates to Wisconsin's Guidance for Implementing Phosphorus Water Quality Standards for Point Source Discharges Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Comment period closed
Water Quality Updates to Wisconsin's Guidance for Addressing the Use of Additives in Surface Water Discharges Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Sarah Yang Comment period closed
Water Quality - Wastewater Approval of Designs for Blending Requests for Existing Facilities Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Gerald Novotny Comment period closed
Watershed Management & WPDES Permits Agricultural Nonpoint Source Implementation Handbook for Adaptive Management and Water Quality Trading WPDES Permit Compliance Options Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Mary Anne Lowndes Comment period closed
Waterways Crossings and Deposits over Frozen Waters Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Heidi Kennedy Comment period closed
Waterways Use of Explosives in Waterways Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Heidi Kennedy Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Deer Rehabilitation Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Last revised: Friday May 15 2015