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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
Industrial Wastewater Guidance for Implementation of Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act: Regulating Cooling Water Intake Structures Comment period open extended until
December 20, 2016
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jason Knutson Send comments to Jason Knutson

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Grants FY17 Surface Water Grants Program Guidance Final documents available until
December 20, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Kathy Hanson Response to comments [PDF]
Forest Management Revision to Chapter 24 of the Silviculture Handbook (Handbook 24315.24) – Marked Timber Evaluation Procedure and Evaluation Sheet (Appendix A) Final documents available until
December 19, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge Response to comments [PDF]
Forest Management Minor revision to Chapter 45 of the Silviculture Handbook (Handbook 24315.45) – removal of Autumn Olive reference Final documents available until
December 19, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge No comments received
Forest Health Best Management Practices for Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.) Final documents available until
December 8, 2016
Final guidance document [PDF] Bernie Williams Response to comments [PDF]

Proposed program guidance in final drafting status

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Air Management Air Quality Background Concentrations Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Draft Background Values [ZIP]

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 Public Water Supply Operations Handbook Chapter 2: Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Assessments Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Adam DeWeese Comment period closed
Drinking Water Public Water Supply Operations Handbook Chapter 6: Microbiological Monitoring Frequencies Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Adam DeWeese 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 Management Private Forestry Handbook: Chapter 10 and Appendix B dealing with Cooperating Foresters Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ron Gropp 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
Hazardous Waste Waste Determinations and Documentation Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amy Walden 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 Frequently Asked Questions about the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) 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
Remediation and Redevelopment NR 718 Contaminated Soil Management 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] Joe Lourigan 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] Joe Lourigan 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 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
Watershed Management 2015 Act 55 Replacement Culvert Exemption Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Martye Griffin Comment period closed
Watershed Management Engineering Requirements for Placement of Great Lakes Coastal Structures Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Martye Griffin 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 Artificial Waterbody Jurisdiction Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Martye Griffin Comment period closed
Waterways Dredging Artificial Waterbodies Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Martye Griffin Comment period closed
Waterways Implementation of 2011 Wis. Act 167 and 2015 Wis. Act 387 changes to s. 30.121 Wis. Stats. Affecting Boathouses Constructed over Navigable Waterways Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kyle McLaughlin Comment period closed
Waterways Implementation of 2015 Act 387 changes to s. 30.12 Wis. Stats. Affecting Permanent Boat Shelters Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kyle McLaughlin 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] Martye Griffin 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] Tami Ryan Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Wisconsin Elk Conflict Response Guidelines Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kevin Wallenfang Comment period closed
Last revised: Tuesday November 29 2016