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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
Forest Management Annual Forest Tax Law Program Harvest Tax Rates Comment period open until
September 22, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jerry Crow Send comments to Jerry Crow
Wildlife Management Administration and Implementation of the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) Comment period open until
September 16, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Bob Nack Send comments to Bob Nack
Forest Management Revisions to Chapter 33 – Jack Pine Cover Type of the Silviculture Handbook (Handbook 24315.33) Comment period open until
September 2, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Nora Kennedy Send comments to Nora Kennedy

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Air Management Changes to Air Pollution Control Permitting for Ethanol Plants in Wisconsin Final documents available until
September 8, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Kristin Hart Response to comments [PDF]
Remediation and Redevelopment Case Closure Continuing Obligations: Vapor Intrusion (RR-042) Final documents available until
September 8, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Terry Evanson Response to comments [PDF]
Remediation and Redevelopment Vapor Intrusion Continuing Obligations Applied in DNR Closure Approvals Wisconsin (RR-5474) Final documents available until
September 8, 2015
Final guidance document [PDF] Terry Evanson Response to comments [PDF]

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 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
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 Forest Tax Law Cutting Notice Guidance and Tax Law Handbook Revision Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ryan Severson Comment period closed
Forest Management Oak Harvesting Guidelines Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Mark Guthmiller 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 Proposed Changes for DNR Surface Water Grant Program Materials Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance overview [PDF]

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Proposed application form [PDF]

Proposed application instructions [PDF]

Shelly Thomsen 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
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
Property Management Land Disturbance Communication Tools Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Teague Prichard Comment period closed
Property Management Motorized Access on Department Roads Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Aaron Buchholz 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 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
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
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
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
Waterways and Wetlands Wetland Screening and Delineation Procedures Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Shelley Warwick 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 Deer Rehabilitation Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Last revised: Tuesday September 01 2015