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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
Remediation and Redevelopment Addressing Vapor Intrusion at Remediation and Redevelopment Sites in Wisconsin Comment period open through
September 8, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Alyssa Sellwood Send comments to Alyssa Sellwood
Forest Fire Protection Wisconsin Smoke Management Plan: Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns Comment period open through
September 4, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Send comments to Michele Witecha
Grants Improvements to the Application Form and Program Guidance for the DNR's Surface Water Grant Programs Comment period open through
August 31, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kathy Hanson Send comments to Kathy Hanson
Loans Intended Use Plan for DNR's Clean Water Fund Program Comment period open through
August 28, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Becky Scott Send comments to Becky Scott
Waste & Materials Management Alternative Glass Use Options for MRFs Comment period open through
August 22, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Casey Lamensky Send comments to Casey Lamensky
Waste & Materials Management Managing Container Glass in Accordance with Wisconsin's Land Disposal Ban Comment period open through
August 22, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Casey Lamensky Send comments to Casey Lamensky
Storm Water Compost for Storm Water Management S100 Comment period open through
August 17, 2017
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Dan Bekta Send comments to DNRTechnicalStandards@Wisconsin.gov

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Solid Waste Granting Fee Waivers for Voluntary Waste Removals under 2013 Wisconsin Act 333 Final documents available through
August 22, 2017
Final guidance document [PDF] Joe Van Rossum Response to comments [PDF]
Solid Waste Guidance for Landfill Tonnage Fee Exemptions under 2013 Wisconsin Act 301 Final documents available through
August 22, 2017
Final guidance document [PDF] Joe Van Rossum Response to comments [PDF]
Grants Streamlining of County Conservation Aids Grant Program Final documents available through
August 14, 2017
Final guidance document [PDF] Beth Norquist Response to comments [PDF]

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] 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 Forest Tax Law Handbook Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Swearingen 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
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
Loans Intended Use Plan for DNR's Safe Drinking Water Loan Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Becky Scott 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 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 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
Storm Water Construction Site Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculation Guidance Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Draft Calculations Tool [XLSM]

Amy Minser

Pete Wood

Comment period closed
Storm Water Site Evaluation for Stormwater Infiltration - Technical Standard 1002 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jan Kucher 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 - 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 Updates to Wisconsin's Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methods (WisCALM) - Surface Water Quality Assessment Guidance Final drafting in progress

Summary of updates

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Ashley Beranek 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
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
Last revised: Monday August 14 2017