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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 Private Forestry Handbook: Chapter 10 and Appendix B dealing with Cooperating Foresters Comment period open through
December 28, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ron Gropp Send comments to Ron Gropp
Remediation and Redevelopment PECFA Usual & Customary Cost Schedule Task Reference Guide and Standard Invoice #23 Comment period open through
December 22, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jenna Soyer Send comments to Jenna Soyer

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Forest Management Forest Tax Law Handbook Final documents available through
December 22, 2017
Final guidance document [PDF] Amanda Swearingen Response to comments [PDF]
Public & Private Forestry Forest Products Permit - Fine Woody Material (Pole Harvesting) Final documents available through
December 22, 2017
Final guidance document [PDF] Teague Prichard Response to comments [PDF]

Proposed program guidance in final drafting status

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Air Permits Determining the Impact of Industrial Stationary Sources on Ambient 1-Hour NO2 Concentrations in Permit Reviews Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Roth Comment period closed
Air Management Wisconsin Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Roth 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] Shari Koslowsky Comment period closed
Floodplain Management Flood map revision requirements Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Meg Galloway Comment period closed
Forest Fire Protection Wisconsin Smoke Management Plan: Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Comment period closed
Forest Management Pesticide Application Contract Language for Timber Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Rebecca Gray 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
Forest Tax Law 2018 Stumpage Values Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jeff Simon Comment period closed
Grants Improvements to the Application Form and Program Guidance for the DNR's Surface Water Grant Programs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kathy Hanson 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
Grants Updates to Hunter Recruitment, Development, Training and Education Grant Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ashley Dooley Comment period closed
Industrial Wastewater Guidance for Implementation of Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act: Regulating Cooling Water Intake Structures Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jason Knutson 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 Addressing Vapor Intrusion at Remediation and Redevelopment Sites in Wisconsin Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Alyssa Sellwood Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Calculating Soil RCLs for PAHs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Paul Grittner 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 PECFA Usual & Customary Standardized Invoice #19 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] James Moser Comment period closed
Runoff Management, Grants Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) Grant Application Instructions for Small Scale Agricultural Projects Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ann Hirekatur Comment period closed
Runoff Management, Grants Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water (UNPS&SW) Program Construction Grant Application Instructions Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ann Hirekatur 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
Storm Water Ditch Check Technical Standard 1062 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Peter Wood Comment period closed
Storm Water Interim Municipal Phosphorus Reduction Credit for Leaf Management Programs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amy Minser Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management Alternative Glass Use Options for MRFs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Casey Lamensky Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management Managing Container Glass in Accordance with Wisconsin's Land Disposal Ban Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Casey Lamensky Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management; Remediation & Redevelopment Waste Soil Determinations and Identifying Clean Soil Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Morris Comment period closed
Wastewater Discharge of Industrial Liquid Wastes into Manure Storage Units Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Stephen Warrner 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
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 Zip Line Crossings Over Navigable Waterways Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Comment period closed
Waterways, Dam Safety Natural Cinder Use for Dam Inspection and Maintenance Activities Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Comment period closed
Waterways and Wetlands Approval process for pipes and other similar structures over streams, sloughs, bayous, or marsh outlets (riparian wetlands) that are navigable in fact under s. 30.10(2), Wis. Stats Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Comment period closed
Waterways and Wetlands Requests for Confidentiality Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Josie Lathrop Comment period closed
Waterways and Wetlands Requests for Temporary Placement of Erosion Control Structures on the Great Lakes Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Josie Lathrop Comment period closed
Wetlands Artificial Wetland Exemption under s. NR 103.06(4), Wis. Adm. Code Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Martye Griffin Comment period closed
Wetlands Practicable Alternatives Analysis Template Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks 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
Wildlife Management Forestry Damage – Deer Shooting Permit Review & Issuance Guidelines for DNR Staff Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Koele Comment period closed
Last revised: Tuesday December 05 2017