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For more information about this strategic analysis, please contact:

Scott Provost
Water Resources Management Specialist
715-421-7881

Aquatic plant management strategic analysis

Aquatic plants are a critical component of freshwater ecosystems. They provide fish and wildlife habitat and have effects on water quality, sediment stability, nutrient uptake and a water body’s oxygen content. However, invasive species and other waterbody impairments can limit these beneficial functions and affect the use of a water body. DNR’s duties involve balancing the protection of aquatic plants and their benefits with management of problem species.

Aquatic plant management (APM) is important to Wisconsin citizens. Recreational users, property owners and the tourism industry will benefit from an effective APM program. DNR’s APM strategic analysis will include descriptions and evaluations of historical, scientific and socio-economic information related to APM in order to help inform future discussion and decisions.

Feedback and public review of the strategic analysis

The DNR invited the public to help us determine the scope of the analysis between October 18 and November 16, 2016. We received 21 emails with scoping comments [PDF]. Thanks to all who commented!

The public will also have an opportunity to review and comment on the analysis when it's been prepared. Announcements will be made on this web page for public review opportunities at the appropriate time.

Strategic analysis process

A strategic analysis evaluates factual information to inform policies and approaches for contentious resource issues. This process is outlined in Chapter NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code [PDF exit DNR].

The purpose of the analysis is to inform future discussions and decisions.

Strategic analysis follows these general steps.

  1. Public announcement and scoping - defining the topics and information sources to be considered and the analytical methods to be employed. This step includes public input and consultation with other agencies and Tribal authorities.
  2. Information gathering and analysis. < we are here
  3. Document preparation.
  4. Public review - at least 45 days will be allotted for public review of the analysis, and a hearing may be held.
  5. Comment response - the department will consider all comments received, and may revise the analysis if warranted.
  6. The final version of the analysis document and all comments and supporting information will be made available to the public and press, universities, the governor and legislature, and state, local, federal and tribal agencies.
Last revised: Tuesday May 23 2017