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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
Air Permits Collaborative Permit Process - Submitting a Redline Strikeout Version of an Existing Permit as Part of an Application Comment period open through
March 13, 2018
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ron Binzley Submit comments to
Ron Binzley

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Waterways Zip Line Crossings Over Navigable Waterways Final available through
March 13, 2018
Final guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Response to comments [PDF]
Wetlands Practicable Alternatives Analysis Template Final available through
March 13, 2018
Final guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Response to comments [PDF]
Waterways and Wetlands Approval process for pipes and other similar structures over streams, sloughs, bayous, or marsh outlets (riparian wetlands) that are navigable in fact under s. 30.10(2), Wis. Stats Final available through
March 13, 2018
Final guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Response to comments [PDF]
Waterways, Dam Safety Natural Cinder Use for Dam Inspection and Maintenance Activities Final available through
March 13, 2018
Final guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Response to comments [PDF]
Wildlife Management Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund (WHPF) Program Final documents available through
February 27, 2018
Final guidance document [PDF] Eddie Shea Response to comments [PDF]

Proposed program guidance in final drafting status

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Air Permits Determining the Impact of Industrial Stationary Sources on Ambient 1-Hour NO2 Concentrations in Permit Reviews Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Roth Comment period closed
Air Management Wisconsin Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Roth Comment period closed
Drinking Water New Public Drinking Water System Plan Review Forms Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Cathrine Wunderlich Comment period closed
Forest Fire Protection Wisconsin Smoke Management Plan: Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Comment period closed
Forest Management Timber Sale Handbook: Appendix pages A-21 and A-22 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Doug Brown Comment period closed
Forest Management Pesticide Application Contract Language for Timber Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Rebecca Gray Comment period closed
Forest Management Private Forestry Handbook: Chapter 10 and Appendix B dealing with Cooperating Foresters Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ron Gropp 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
Industrial Wastewater Guidance for Implementation of Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act: Regulating Cooling Water Intake Structures Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jason Knutson 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
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 Calculating Soil RCLs for PAHs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Paul Grittner Comment period closed
Storm Water Ditch Check Technical Standard 1062 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Peter Wood Comment period closed
Storm Water Interim Municipal Phosphorus Reduction Credit for Leaf Management Programs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amy Minser Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management Alternative Glass Use Options for MRFs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Casey Lamensky Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management Managing Container Glass in Accordance with Wisconsin's Land Disposal Ban Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Casey Lamensky Comment period closed
Wastewater Discharge of Industrial Liquid Wastes into Manure Storage Units Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Stephen Warrner Comment period closed
Waterways and Wetlands Requests for Confidentiality Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Josie Lathrop Comment period closed
Waterways and Wetlands Requests for Temporary Placement of Erosion Control Structures on the Great Lakes Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Josie Lathrop Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Bird Dog Training Licensing Process Improvement Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Frank Trcka Comment period closed
Wildlife Management 2017 County Deer Advisory Council Governance of Operations Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kevin Wallenfang Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Forestry Damage – Deer Shooting Permit Review & Issuance Guidelines for DNR Staff Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Koele Comment period closed
Last revised: Tuesday February 20 2018