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For information on DNR's environmental impact analysis, contact:
Jim Pardee
WEPA coordinator
Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability
608-266-0426 or
608-316-0999

Current environmental impact analysis issues

The DNR analyzes a wide range of environmental issues. The issues on this page are currently under review by the DNR.

For opportunities to comment, see Current EIA documents.

Strategic analyses of issues and policies

A strategic analysis evaluates factual information to inform policies and approaches for contentious resource issues.

Aquatic plant management

Aquatic plants are a critical component of freshwater ecosystems. DNR’s duties involve balancing the protection of aquatic plants and their benefits with management of problem species. Recreational users, property owners and the tourism industry will benefit from an effective aquatic plant management (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. For more information see Aquatic plant management.

Wild rice management strategic analysis

To fully assess the latest scientific, natural resource, cultural and socioeconomic information relating to the management of wild rice, the department chose to utilize the strategic analysis process. The analysis will objectively describe the diverse range of issues involved with protecting and encouraging the growth of wild rice along with clearly laying out similarities and discrepancies in the methods that can be used for best management practices. Once completed, the strategic analysis process will provide information that will help set the stage for developing an effective and comprehensive statewide wild rice management plan. See Wild rice management strategic analysis for more information.

Fish passage at dams strategic analysis

The DNR intends to use the strategic analysis process to engage the public by assessing the latest scientific, natural resource and socio-economic information relating to fish passage at dams. The department will gather relevant facts, data and research and refine definitions. The strategic analysis will be used by the department to develop a consistent approach for fish passage proposals throughout Wisconsin. See Fish passage at dams strategic analysis for more information.

Industrial sand mining strategic analysis

The Department of Natural Resources has launched an effort to reassess the latest scientific, natural resource, and socio-economic information relating to industrial sand mining and its associated infrastructure in Wisconsin by conducting a strategic analysis. The strategic analysis aims to update information provided in a 2012 DNR document entitled, Silica Sand Mining in Wisconsin [PDF]. The report was intended to be a dynamic document and updated as new, significant information became available. See Industrial sand mining strategic analysis for more information.

Environmental analyses of DNR actions

Badgerwood CAFO

On February 13, 2015, the Department of Natural Resources received a final Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit application for Badgerwood, LLC, a proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Bayfield County. The operation would house approximately 7,500 sows, 18,750 pigs, and 100 boars. This is equal to 6,162 animal units. Structures at the site would include three barns with concrete manure storage structures located under each barn, to provide more than 180 days of liquid manure storage. Manure would be removed from storage and land applied according to an approved nutrient management plan. The department decided, pursuant to s. NR 150.20(4)(b), Wis. Adm. Code [exit DNR], to use the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process as the best approach to achieve WEPA compliance for the proposed Badgerwood swine operation. See the DNR's Badgerwood web site for more information.

Kohler golf course

The Kohler Company has proposed construction of a golf course adjacent to Kohler-Andre State Park in the City of Sheboygan, Sheboygan County. The proposed 18-hole golf course would be constructed on 247 acres owned by the Kohler Company. The project site is along the Lake Michigan shoreline in an undeveloped area known as the Black River Forest. The DNR has determined to follow the environmental impact statement (EIS) process for review of the proposed golf course project. See the DNR's Kohler golf course proposal web site for more information.

Waukesha water diversion

In mid-October 2013, the City of Waukesha submitted an updated application and environmental impact report (EIR) for a diversion of Lake Michigan water with return flow to the lake. The application asserts that Waukesha needs a new source of water to address water quantity and quality concerns. Waukesha currently obtains its public water supply primarily from groundwater wells in a deep aquifer where water levels have been drawn down approximately 500 feet. Groundwater pumped from the deep aquifer contains high levels of radium, a carcinogen. The public supply is supplemented by water from the shallow aquifer. Waukesha sought and has been granted an exception from the prohibition of diversions under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The DNR prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council approved the diversion with conditions. See City of Waukesha Water Diversion application for more information.

Golden sands dairy

The DNR is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for this large dairy confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) and irrigated cropland proposed in Wood County. The dairy requires a Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit, a high capacity well approval, and other permits and approvals from the DNR. See Golden Sands Dairy CAFO for more information.

Contact information
For information on DNR's environmental impact analysis, contact:
Jim Pardee
WEPA coordinator
Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability
608-266-0426 or 608-316-0999
Last revised: Tuesday November 14 2017