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Proposed DNR program guidance

The Wisconsin DNR creates and revises program guidance to aid in the consistent implementation of statutes and codes.

Program guidance is formal written direction to DNR staff that explains how to approach making decisions when there are not specific details in the law. Department programs use different formats to document guidance, including operational handbooks, manual codes and written directives from managers to staff. Program guidance can include recommended actions or suggested permit conditions when certain factors or criteria are present. Program guidance may also clarify implementation of legal authority or guide decision-making where legal authority allows discretion in decisions.

2017 Wisconsin Act 369

2017 Wisconsin Act 369, enacted on December 15, 2018, modified state law relating to state agency guidance documents. Per this act and s. 227.112, Wis. Stats., the DNR must republish all existing program guidance for public comment. Once finalized, all guidance must now contain a certification statement and remain available for public comment.

Because the DNR has posted program guidance for public comment on this webpage since 2013, we have separated out the types of documents available.

  • Guidance that are new or are being substantially revised are available for comment in one group.
  • Existing guidance that are being recertified are available for comment in a separate group.
  • Final, certified guidance are now on a separate page.

Opportunities for participation

We welcome your input on all program guidance. Here are some key facts about this public input process.

  • The comment period for proposed guidance is 21 days, unless modified for cause and approved by the governor.
  • Notice of proposed guidance will be posted on this site, as well as on the Administrative Register. You may sign up to be notified by DNR when new or final guidance is available for comment.
  • All comments received will be considered.
  • Documents will be posted on the Final program guidance page once completed. We strive to post the final guidance within 45 days of the expiration of the comment period.
  • The department will continue to accept public comments on all final guidance.
  • If you would like to request that the department consider updating an existing guidance, please contact the appropriate DNR program directly or email the DNR Secretary's Office.

New proposed program guidance open for public comment

Program Document ID# Title and Document [PDF] Comment Start Date Comment End Date Staff Contact Submit Comments
Drinking Water & Groundwater DG-20-0001 Corrosion Control Treatment Recommendation Worksheet 6/15/2020 7/6/2020 Adam DeWeese  Comment
Drinking Water & Groundwater DG-20-0002 High Capacity Well Application Review Process Website 6/15/2020 7/6/2020 Adam Freihoefer  Comment
Community Financial Assistance CF-20-0003 Shooting Range Grant Program Guidance 6/15/2020 7/6/2020 Bobbi Winebar  Comment
Community Financial Assistance CF-20-0004 Guidelines for the Snowmobile Trail Aids Program 6/15/2020 7/13/2020 Jillian Steffes  Comment
Water Quality WY-20-0022 Calculating Water Quality-Based Effluent Limitations for Surface Water Discharges 6/29/2020 7/20/2020 Rachel Fritz  Comment

Existing program guidance (being recertified) open for public comment

Program Document ID# Title and Document [PDF] Comment Start Date Comment End Date Staff Contact Submit Comments
Forestry Field Operations FO-20-0004 Private Forestry Handbook, HB2470.5 6/22/2020 7/13/2020 Kristin Lambert  Comment
Last revised: Wednesday July 01 2020