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|
|Forest Management||Dispute Resolution Process for MFL and FCL||Comment period open until
December 11, 2015
|Proposed guidance document||Allison Hellman||Send comments to Allison Hellman|
|Watershed Management||Modifications to the Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Program Construction Grant Application||Comment period open until
December 11, 2015
|Proposed guidance document||Send comments to DNRGuidanceDocuments@Wisconsin.gov|
Final program guidance documents
There are no final documents available at this time.
Proposed program guidance in final drafting status
|Program Area||Subject||Status||Documents||Staff Contact||Comments|
|Air Management||2015 Approach to Dispersion Modeling for Permits||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||John Roth||Comment period closed|
|Air Management||Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||John Roth||Comment period closed|
|Air Management||Guidance for Including PM2.5 in Air Pollution Control Permit Applications||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Kristin Hart||Comment period closed|
|Air Management||Variance Request Procedures under NR 415.075(4), Wis. Adm. Code||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Gail Good||Comment period closed|
|Dredging Projects||Sediment Sampling and Analysis for Dredging Permit Application and Approval||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Jim Killian||Comment period closed|
|Drinking Water and Groundwater||NR 812 Well and Pump Code Interpretations||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Liesa Lehmann||Comment period closed|
|Drinking Water and Groundwater||Water Storage Facility Inspection Report (Form 3300-248)||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Michael Blodgett||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||Tom Watkins||Comment period closed|
|Fish, Wildlife & Parks||Wildlife Action Plan||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Shari Koslowsky||Comment period closed|
|Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Law Enforcement||Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Barb Zellmer||Comment period closed|
|Floodplain Management||Flood map revision requirements||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Gary Heinrichs||Comment period closed|
|Forest Health||Best Management Practices for Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.)||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||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||Carmen Hardin||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Annual Forest Tax Law Program Harvest Tax Rates||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Jerry Crow||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Forest Tax Law Cutting Notice Guidance and Tax Law Handbook Revision||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Ryan Severson||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||New chapter in Silviculture Handbook, Section IV - Forest Management Objectives: Chapter 62 - Economic Considerations||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Julie Ballweg||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Revisions to Chapter 33 – Jack Pine Cover Type of the Silviculture Handbook (Handbook 24315.33)||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Nora Kennedy||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Revisions to the Fire Management Handbook 4325.1, Chapter 2 (Prevention)||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||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||Michele Witecha||Comment period closed|
|Forest Management||Revisions to the Timber Sale and Public Lands Handbooks||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Joe Schwantes||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|
|Land Division||Policy on State Land Sales||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Douglas Haag||Comment period closed|
|Natural Heritage Conservation||American Marten (Martes americana) Species Guidance||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||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||Corinne Billings||Comment period closed|
|Prescribed Burning||Statewide Prescribed Burning Guidance for 2015||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Comment period closed|
|Prescribed Burning||Wisconsin Smoke Management Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Ralph Sheffer||Comment period closed|
|Property Management||Land Disturbance Communication Tools||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Teague Prichard||Comment period closed|
|Property Management||Motorized Access on Department Roads||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Aaron Buchholz||Comment period closed|
|Remediation and Redevelopment||Averaging Soil-Contaminant Concentration Data||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Aristeo Pelayo||Comment period closed|
|Remediation and Redevelopment||Identifying and Documenting Characteristics of Imported Soil and Other Fill Materials Prior to Use on VPLE Sites (RR-041)||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Michael Prager||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|
|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||Judy Fassbender||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||Fred Hegeman||Comment period closed|
|Solid Waste||Granting Fee Waivers for Voluntary Waste Removals||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Brad Wolbert||Comment period closed|
|Storm Water||Calculating MS4 Percent Reductions in Approved TMDL Areas||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Eric Rortvedt||Comment period closed|
|Storm Water||Land Application of Additives for Erosion Control (Technical Standard 1050)||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Jan Kucher||Comment period closed|
|Storm Water||Water Application of Additives for Sediment Control (Technical Standard 1051)||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Jan Kucher||Comment period closed|
|WPDES Permits, Aquaculture||Guidance for WPDES Permitting for Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production Facilities||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Jacob Zimmerman||Comment period closed|
|Waste and Materials Management||Exempting Low-Hazard Wastes from Solid Waste Regulations||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||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||Brad Wolbert||Comment period closed|
|Waste & Materials Management||Inspecting Monitoring Wells at Landfills||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||John Morris||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||Amanda Minks||Comment period closed|
|Water Quality - Wastewater||Approval of Designs for Blending Requests for Existing Facilities||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||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||Mary Anne Lowndes||Comment period closed|
|Waterways and Wetlands||Applicability of the exemptions for agricultural use or farm drainage ditches under Ch. 30 and s. 281.31, Wis. Stats.||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Martye Griffin||Comment period closed|
|Wetlands||Artificial Wetland Exemption under s. NR 103.06(4), Wis. Adm. Code||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Heidi Kennedy||Comment period closed|
|Wetlands||Review of Wetlands on Dormant Development Sites||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Pamela Biersach||Comment period closed|
|Wildlife Management||Bird Dog Training Licensing Process Improvement||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Frank Trcka||Comment period closed|
|Wildlife Management||Deer Rehabilitation Policy||Final drafting in progress||Proposed guidance document||Amanda Kamps||Comment period closed|