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 Oak Harvesting Guidelines Comment period extended until
July 24, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Mark Guthmiller Send comments to Mark Guthmiller
Dredging Projects Sediment Sampling and Analysis for Dredging Permit Application and Approval Comment period extended until
July 24, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jim Killian Send comments to Jim Killian
Property Management Motorized Access on Department Roads Comment period open until
July 15, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Aaron Buchholz Send comments to Aaron Buchholz
Air Management Changes to Air Pollution Control Permitting for Ethanol Plants in Wisconsin Comment period open until
July 13, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kristin Hart Send comments to Kristin Hart

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Storm Water Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculations for Construction Sites Final documents available until
July 21, 2015

Final guidance document [PDF]

Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculation Tool [XLS]

Pete Wood Response to comments [PDF]
Waterways Crossings and Deposits over Frozen Waters Final documents available until
July 15, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Heidi Kennedy Response to comments [PDF]
Waterways Use of Explosives in Waterways Final documents available until
July 15, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Heidi Kennedy Response to comments [PDF]
Solid Waste Exempting Low-Hazard Wastes From Solid Waste Regulations Final documents available until
July 13, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] John Morris 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
Drinking Water and Groundwater Water Storage Facility Inspection Report (Form 3300-248) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] 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 [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 Case Closure Continuing Obligations: Vapor Intrusion (RR-042) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Terry Evanson 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 [PDF] 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 [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
Remediation and Redevelopment Vapor Intrusion Continuing Obligations Applied in DNR Closure Approvals Wisconsin (RR-5474) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Terry Evanson 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 Granting Fee Waivers for Voluntary Waste Removals Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Wolbert 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
Wastewater & WPDES Permits Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) Group of 10 Calculation of Concentration Using Toxicity Equivalent Factors Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Paul Luebke 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
Wildlife Management Adopt a Fish or Wildlife Area Program Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Draft Sponsor Application and Permit Form [PDF]

Eric Lobner 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 Deer Rehabilitation Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Last revised: Thursday July 02 2015