Contact(s): Amanda Minks, 608-264-9223
MADISON - A new Water Quality Conservation General Permit will streamline the regulatory process for government agencies that address water quality concerns in agricultural settings.
The Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and county land conservation departments in Wisconsin finalized the permit that includes, but is not limited to, grassed waterways, filter strips, lined waterways, grade stabilization structures, stream crossings, and water and sediment control basins.
"Before the general permit, government entities had to go through an individual permitting process for each activity, which takes about 105 days each," said Amanda Minks with the DNR Bureau of Watershed Management.
"Now stakeholders will be able to request general permit coverage, which takes no more than 30 days," Minks said. "This could save agencies time and money, especially if they are completing multiple activities in one project."
DNR developed the general permit in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and county land conservation departments in Wisconsin. Starting June 1, 2018, the general permit will be in effect for five years.