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Natural Resources Board to Meet October 22-23 in Madison
Buckhorn State Park is located on the Castle Rock Flowage, one of three flowages on the Wisconsin River that would have site-specific water quality standards for phosphorus under a proposal the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will consider at its October meeting.Photo credit: DNR
Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420, Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov or Sarah Hoye, communications director, 608-267-2773, Sarah.Hoye@wisconsin.gov
October 14, 2019
MADISON, Wis. -- Requests to consider approval of the Wisconsin Inland Trout Management Plan, request reconsideration and approval of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area master plan, and informational items on the evaluation of crossbow use in Wisconsin, and the department's Managed Lands Public/Private Partnership Report are among the topics the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will consider when it meets on the first day of a two-day meeting later this month in Madison.
The board will meet beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St. The board will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 at the same location.
The Natural Resources Board will offer remote participation from the Department of Natural Resources Service Center at 107 Sutliff Ave. in Rhinelander. Remote participation will be for an open forum with the board at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 23 following a break. The open forum is an opportunity for citizens to provide testimony in Madison or remotely in Rhinelander. Comments generally should address broad general policy rather than the day-to-day operations of the DNR. Opportunities for remote testimony are noted on the meeting agenda. Pre-registration by the posted deadline of 11 a.m. on Oct. 18 is required.
The Wednesday, Oct. 23 meeting agenda includes:
- a request to authorize preliminary public hearings and comment period on the Statement of Scope for proposed rules related to targeted performance standards and prohibitions to abate pollution of groundwater by nitrate in sensitive areas;
- a request to adopt proposed rules related to revising Wisconsin's water quality criteria for pathogens (specifically bacteria) to protect recreation, and related permit implementation procedures;
- a request to adopt proposed rules related to site-specific phosphorus water quality criteria for Petenwell Lake, Castle Rock Lake, and Lake Wisconsin;
- a request to authorize preliminary public hearings and comment period on the Statement of Scope for proposed rules to add surface water quality criteria and analytical methods for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as well as for proposed rules related to the promulgation of new drinking water maximum contaminant levels for PFAS;
- a request to adopt proposed wildlife management rules related to closed areas and refuges.
- a request to approve a recommendation to end the amendment process for the Rib Mountain State Park master plan and to take any other action consistent with the department's planning authority;
- a request to approve the Northeast Sands Regional master plan; and
- requests to accept donations from:
- the Johnson Family of Menomonee Falls for an extensive waterfowl collection valued at $62,100 to be used to support wildlife education at the Southeastern Region Headquarters in Milwaukee;
- the Friends of Blue Mound State Park of $38,500 to be used to renovate and update one of the two playgrounds at the park; and
- the Natural Resources Foundation Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Fund of $32,412.59 to support wildlife habitat restoration and management activities along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.
The complete October board agenda is available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "NRB" and clicking on the button for "view agendas."
The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting as well as during open forum (remotely or at the meeting). The deadline for board liaison receipt of requests to testify or provide written comment is 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. Registration information is available on the NRB pages of the DNR website. No late requests or comments will be accepted. A future remote open forum will be held in Green Bay for the Dec. 11 meeting in Madison.
Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.
Last Revised: Monday, October 14, 2019