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
Waterways Crossings and Deposits over Frozen Waters Comment period open until
April 20, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Heidi Kennedy Send comments to Heidi Kennedy
Waterways Use of Explosives in Waterways Comment period open until
April 20, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Heidi Kennedy Send comments to Heidi Kennedy
Storm Water Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculations for Construction Sites Comment period open until
April 17, 2015

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculation Tool [XLS]

Pete Wood Send comments to DNRGuidanceDocuments@Wisconsin.gov
Grants Motorized Stewardship Grant Program Final documents available until
April 17, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Diane Conklin Response to comments [PDF]
Surface Water Updates to Wisconsin's Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methods (WisCALM) Final documents available until
April 17, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Aaron Larson Response to comments [PDF]
Forest Management Outcome Based Forestry Pilot Program Final documents available until
April 14, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] James Warren Response to comments [PDF]
Drinking Water & Groundwater Seasonal Public Drinking Water System Start-Up Procedure Comment period open until
April 3, 2015

Proposed guidance cover sheet [PDF]

Proposed Booklet [PDF]

Proposed Email [PDF]

Proposed Flyer [PDF]

Eileen Pierce Send comments to Eileen Pierce
Prescribed Burns Wisconsin Smoke Management Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns Comment period open until
April 2, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ralph Sheffer Send comments to Ralph Sheffer
Waste & Materials Management Evaluating the Reuse Potential of Air Pollution Control Wastes Final documents available until
April 2, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Philip Fauble Response to comments [PDF]
Water Quality - Wastewater Approval of Designs for Blending Requests for Existing Facilities Comment period open until
March 30, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Gerald Novotny Send comments to Gerald Novotny
Department-wide Permit Application and Approval Requirements for Department Led Projects Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Shelley Warwick Comment period closed
Drinking Water and Groundwater Alternative Eligibility Requirements for Heat Exchange Driller License Exam Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Liesa Lehmann 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 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 Forest Aesthetics Handbook Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Sarah Herrick Comment period closed
Forest Management Proposed update to Chapter 51: Red Maple in The Silviculture Handbook Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Hutnik Comment period closed
Forest Management Revision to the Silviculture Handbook (Handbook 2431.5), Chapters 23 & 24, regarding salvage cutting and course woody debris retention Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge 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
Forestry Revisions to the Silviculture Handbook, Chapter 22 - Artificial Regeneration Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Bradley Hutnik 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
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 Erosion Control Notes Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jan Kucher Comment period closed
Storm Water Establishment of Protective Areas for Wetlands in Runoff Management Rules Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Suzan Limberg Comment period closed
Storm Water Model Ordinances for Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control and Post-Construction Storm Water Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Suzan Limberg Comment period closed
Storm Water Modeling Post-Construction Storm Water Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eric Rortvedt 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
Waste & Materials Management Revision to Guidance for the Beneficial Use of Industrial Byproducts under ch. NR 538, Wis. Adm. Code Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Philip Fauble 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
Wildlife Management Deer Rehabilitation Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Last revised: Monday March 30 2015