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WPDES Permits on public notice

Public notices are required by law to alert interested members of the public of the DNR's intention to authorize a Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) discharge to a water of the state. The notices are posted here on the DNR website for 30 days and are also published once in the legal notices section of the local newspaper in the vicinity of the facility. The notice identifies the facility by name, indicates where the discharge is located, and briefly describes the facility's activities.

Public comments procedure

The public notice document explains how to get more information or comment on the proposed permit action. A member of the public may submit written comments or request that the Department hold a public informational hearing. For comments or requests to be timely, they must be submitted within 30 days from the date of public notice, unless otherwise indicated in the notice.

Public participation procedures are detailed in NR 203, Wis. Adm. Code [PDF, exit DNR].

Permit issuance process

The process the DNR follows in issuing WPDES wastewater permits is explained in the overview of the WPDES wastewater permit process. Permits are not considered final and issued until they have been signed and dated by appropriate DNR staff. Final copies of WPDES wastewater permits are not available from the DNR website. Please contact the permit drafter indicated in the notice directly to obtain a copy of a final (issued) permit. Copies of permit applications can also be obtained by contacting the permit drafter.

Proposed permit documents

To view a public notice, click on the date of public notice indicated below under the column heading entitled "Notice Publication Date". The proposed permit can be downloaded by clicking on the file size indicated under the column entitled "Permit Draft". Other supporting documents, when available, are also provided. These may include the Fact Sheet, Water Quality Based Effluent Limits (WQBEL) Memo, compliance determination, facility diagram, variance documentation (if applicable) and other documents, depending on the permit action being taken and type of discharge. All documents are in PDF format.

Permittee Permit No. County Notice Publication Date Permit Action Permit Draft Variance
River Falls Municipal Utility WI0029394-9 Pierce March 26 reissuance 177KB   88KB
Amherst, Village WI0023213-8 Portage March 25 reissuance 162KB   122KB
Williams Bedrock Bovines Inc. WI0063177-2 Green March 25 reissuance 138KB   947KB
Sheboygan, City WI0025411-8-1 Sheboygan March 24 modification 221KB   114KB
Quantum Dairy LLC WI0062472-3 Waupaca March 19 reissuance 154KB   35KB
Walworth County Metropolitan Sewerage District WI0031461-7 Walworth March 19 reissuance 248KB   277KB
La Crosse, City WI0029581-9 La Crosse March 18 reissuance 237KB 171KB 238KB
Seneca Foods Corp, Janesville La Prairie Plant WI0050687-9 Rock March 18 reissuance 155KB   109KB
Badger State Waste LLC WI0065510-1 Washington March 11 issuance 197KB   69KB
Janesville, City WI0030350-7-1 Rock March 10 pretreatment
Westfield, Village WI0022250-8 Marquette March 5 reissuance 198KB   280KB
Turtle Lake, Village WI0025631-10-1 Barron March 5 modification 203KB 104KB 42KB
Lynn Dairy / Lynn Protein Inc. WI0051152-7 Clark March 4 reissuance 168KB   141KB
Dorchester, Village WI0021571-8 Clark March 4 reissuance 162KB   195KB
Wild Rose, Village WI0060071-8 Waushara March 4 reissuance 199KB   495KB
Wisconsin Electric Power Co., Paris Generating Station WI0049131-3-1 Kenosha February 27 modification 105KB   42KB
Contact information
For more information on WPDES public notices, contact:
Permits section
Water Quality Bureau
Last revised: Friday March 27 2015