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Applications available for general permits for projects with wetlands associated with certain construction sites

Published by Central Office July 18, 2017

Contact(s): Martin Griffin, Section Chief, DNR waterway and wetland protection program, 608-266-2997,; Cami Peterson, DNR waterway and wetland protection program, 608-261-6400,

MADISON - A new general permit that addresses impacts to wetlands that formed in depressions created as a result of grading and construction activities within uplands has been finalized after a public comment period and is now available for applications.

The new general permit outlines standards and conditions for certain discharges of dredged and/or fill material into wetlands that formed as a result of grading and construction activities. These standards and conditions in the new general permit have to be met in order be considered for coverage under a general permit.

This general permit creates a clear path forward for applicants who started a project in the past and weren't able to finish which, during the down time at the project site, developed wetlands that were not part of the original wetland delineation that identified wetlands on the site.

"After meeting with stakeholders, it was discovered that the previous guidance given to customers on how the department was going to treat these newly formed wetlands needed to be clarified. This unveiled a need to provide a specific general permit to provide clarity and certainty to applicants and to help streamline the permit process, said Martin Griffin, Section Chief of the waterway and wetland protection program.

The general permit is valid for five years and will allow applicants to apply for coverage under the permit for up to 2 acres of wetland fill if the project meets all eligibility criteria and conditions.

The department does not anticipate this general permit to result in significant effects on the environment. Previously approved general permits for discharge of fill material into wetlands covered projects for residential, commercial and industrial development.

A copy of the wetland general permit for certain construction sites is available on the wetlands page of the DNR website, which describes permitting requirements for activities known to impact wetlands. To apply for a wetland permit, search the DNR website,, for "water permit."

Go to Wisconsin Wetlands for general information about wetlands including the functions and values of wetlands, wetland types, wetland mapping and restoration and management.

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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