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
Forest Management Forest Tax Law Handbook Comment period open until
May 5, 2014
Draft guidance document [PDF] Kathy Nelson Send comments to Kathy Nelson
Aquatic Plant Management Aquatic Plant Management Handbook: Notification of Proposed Pesticide Treatment Application & Caution/Warning Sign Posting for Pesticide Treatment Comment period open until
April 29, 2014
Draft guidance document [PDF] Scott Provost Send comments to Scott Provost
Aquatic Plant Management Aquatic Plant Management Handbook: Rotenone Treatment in Private Ponds Comment period open until
April 29, 2014
Draft guidance document [PDF] Scott Provost Send comments to Scott Provost
Forestry & Wildlife Management Prescribed Burning Final documents available until
April 29, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF]

Frank Trcka

Ralph Sheffer

Response to comments [PDF]
Waterways Unauthorized Dams Final documents available until
April 29, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF] William Sturtevant Response to comments [PDF]
Facilities & Lands Proposed guidance for department staff when conducting a 15 year review of the master plans for department managed property Comment period open until
April 24, 2014
Draft guidance document [PDF] Tom Watkins Send comments to Tom Watkins
Solid Waste Alternate Daily Cover for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills Comment period open until
April 24, 2014
Draft guidance document [PDF] Valerie Joosten Send comments to Valerie Joosten
Remediation and Redevelopment Form developed to replace guidance RR-919 and the former ch. NR 726 Appendix A notification letter Final document available until
April 24, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF] Jane Lemcke No comments received
Grants & Lands Proposed Criteria for Stewardship Local Units of Government Grants Final documents available until
April 18, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF] Lavane Hessler Response to comments [PDF]
Air Management Presumptive BACT for Formaldehyde Emissions Generated From Landfill Gas-Fired SI RICE Comment period open until
April 17, 2014
Draft guidance document [PDF] Andrew Stewart Send comments to Andrew Stewart
Forest Management Recommendations for a Reforestation Program Final documents available until
April 15, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF] Carmen Hardin Response to comments [PDF]
Grants Revised Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) Boat Access Development Project Ranking Sheet Final documents available until
April 15, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF] Kathleen Wolski Response to comments [PDF]
Air Monitoring High Volume PM10/TSP Calibration/Verification/Audit Guidance Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Excel spreadsheets:

Jason Treutel Comment period closed
Drinking Water and Groundwater Transient Non-community Systems and Nitrate MCL Violations Final drafting in progress

Draft guidance document [PDF]

Draft Corrective Action Evaluation Review Sheet [PDF]

Draft Flowchart [PDF]

Mark Pauli Comment period closed
Floodplain Management Flood map revision requirements Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Gary Heinrichs Comment period closed
Forest Management Seed Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Carmen Hardin Comment period closed
Forest Management Administering the Weed Management Area - Private Forest Grant Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Thomas Boos Comment period closed
Forest Management Revision to the Swamp Hardwood Chapter of the Silviculture Handbook Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Carmen Hardin 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
Land Division Policy on State Land Sales Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Douglas Haag Comment period closed
Public Water Supply Monitoring Assessments Final drafting in progress Draft guidance document [PDF] Dino Tsoris Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Environmental Contamination and Your Real Estate Final drafting in progress Draft guidance document [PDF] Christine Haag Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Model Ordinance for Salvaging of Non-Structural Material from Vacant Buildings Final drafting in progress Draft guidance document [PDF] Jenna Soyer 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 PCB Remediation in Wisconsin under the One Cleanup Program Memorandum of Agreement Final drafting in progress Draft guidance document [PDF] Gary Edelstein Comment period closed
Science Services Handbook and policy on scientific integrity Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ellen Puccio 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
Storm Water Management Delayed Implementation Guidance Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eric Rortvedt Comment period closed
Storm Water MS4 TMDL Implementation Final drafting in progress Draft guidance document [PDF] Eric Rortvedt Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management Used Oil Recycling for Handlers Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amy Walden Comment period closed
Wetlands Compensatory wetland mitigation for utility projects Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Joshua Brown Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Deer Rehabilitation Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Dove Field Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kent Van Horn Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Proposed guidance for "farming agreements," where the department enters into agreements with farmers to plant agricultural crops, harvest hay or graze department lands as a land management technique Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Tim Lizotte Comment period closed
Last revised: Monday April 14 2014