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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
Grants Surface Water Grants Program Guidance Comment period open until
August 8, 2016

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Draft Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) Project Funding Request and Agreement (Form 8700-337) [PDF]

Kathy Hanson Send comments to DNRSurfaceWaterGrants@Wisconsin.gov
Storm Water Developed Urban Areas Performance Standard - 20% TSS Reduction: Addendum A (Urbanized Area) Comment period open until
August 8, 2016
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eric Rortvedt Send comments to DNRGuidanceDocuments@Wisconsin.gov
Forest Management Act 358 and Changes to the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and Forest Crop Law (FCL) Comment period open until
August 3, 2016
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Pam Freeman-Gillen Send comments to DNRMFLLegislation@Wisconsin.gov
Forest Management Forest Tax Law Handbook, Chapter 20 dealing with the Cutting Notice and Report Comment period open until
August 3, 2016

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Cutting Notice FAQ [PDF]

Ron Gropp Send comments to DNRMFLLegislation@Wisconsin.gov
Watershed Management Engineering Requirements for Placement of Great Lakes Coastal Structures Comment period extended until
July 28, 2016
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Martye Griffin Send comments to DNRWYWRZGuidance@Wisconsin.gov
Wildlife Management Wisconsin Elk Conflict Response Guidelines Comment period open until
July 26, 2016
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kevin Wallenfang Send comments to Kevin Wallenfang

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
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 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 (Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program) Proposed Bylaws for the Stewardship Advisory Council Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Pam Foster Felt 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
Invasive Species Response Framework for Invasive Species Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Dreux Watermolen 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 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 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
Runoff Management Feed Storage Area Runoff Controls for CAFOs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Bernie Michaud

Mary Ann Lowndes

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
Storm Water Vegetated Swale Technical Standard 1005 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kimberly Gonzalez 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
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
Water Quality Permitting the Use of Dyes in Public Waterways (Aquatic Plant Management Handbook, Chapter 10) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Scott Provost Comment period closed
Water Quality Procedures for Deriving Wisconsin’s Numeric Water Quality Criteria Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Sarah Yang Comment period closed
Watershed Management 2015 Act 55 Replacement Culvert Exemption Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Martye Griffin 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
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] Tami Ryan Comment period closed
Last revised: Tuesday July 19 2016