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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
Waste & Materials Management Aerosol Cans: Guide to Handling and Disposal for Businesses Comment period open until
February 16, 2016
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Andrea Keller Send comments to Andrea Keller

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Storm Water Calculating MS4 Percent Reductions in Approved TMDL Areas Final documents available until
March 4, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Eric Rortvedt Response to comments [PDF]
Forest Management Dispute Resolution Process for MFL and FCL Final documents available until
March 2, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Allison Hellman Response to comments [PDF]
Nonpoint Source Pollution Wisconsin's Nonpoint Source Program Management Plan for FFY 2016-2020 Final documents available until
February 24, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Corinne Billings Response to comments [PDF]
Facilities & Lands Guidance for department staff when conducting a 15-year review of the master plans for department managed property Final documents available until
February 16, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Tom Watkins No comments were received

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 [PDF] John Roth Comment period closed
Air Management Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] 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 [PDF] 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 [PDF] Gail Good Comment period closed
Dredging Projects Sediment Sampling and Analysis for Dredging Permit Application and Approval Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jim Killian 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
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
Fish, Wildlife & Parks Wildlife Action Plan Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Shari Koslowsky Comment period closed
Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Law Enforcement Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Barb Zellmer 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 New chapter in Silviculture Handbook, Section IV - Forest Management Objectives: Chapter 62 - Economic Considerations Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] 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 [PDF] 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 [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
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
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 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 Post-Closure Modifications: Covers and Changes in Property Boundaries Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jane Lemcke 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 PECFA Usual & Customary Standardized Invoice #19 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] James Moser 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
Waste & Materials Management Inspecting Monitoring Wells at Landfills Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] 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 [PDF] Amanda Minks 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 Modifications to the Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Program Construction Grant Application Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Linda Talbot

Suzan Limberg

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 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 [PDF] 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 [PDF] Heidi Kennedy Comment period closed
Wetlands Review of Wetlands on Dormant Development Sites Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Pamela Biersach 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 County Deer Advisory Council Governance of Operations Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kevin Wallenfang Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Deer Rehabilitation Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Last revised: Friday February 12 2016