May 26, 2015
MADISON -- Maintenance dredging of navigable waterways would undergo a quicker, less expensive review as part of a proposed general permit process now up for public comment.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on the proposed statewide general permit through June 29, 2015.
Heidi Kennedy, statewide waterway and wetland policy coordinator, said the ability to develop the streamlined general permit process was created by a change in waterway laws in 2012 under 2011 Wisconsin Act 167. The proposed statewide general permit for the removal of previously dredged areas would modify an existing general permit for maintenance dredging that was created in Wis. Admin. Code NR 345.
The proposed statewide general permit also provides more flexibility for property owners to document an area of navigable waters where dredging previously occurred.
The statewide general permit process ensures applicants receive a decision within 30 days. Issued permits are good for five years.
The proposed general permit and environmental impact documents can be reviewed by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "dredging." Submit written comments by June 29 to Heidi Kennedy, statewide waterway and wetland policy coordinator, GEF II DNR Central Office, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, Wis., 53703 or email: Heidi.Kennedy@Wisconsin.gov.
Two informational hearings will be held.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Kennedy, DNR statewide waterway and wetland policy coordinator, 608-261-6430, Heidi.Kennedy@Wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov