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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.

State lawmakers and the Natural Resources Board may grant the DNR authority to define the specific implementation details of regulations and programs. This is often described as broad decision-making authority. To help consistently implement broad decision-making authority, DNR programs often develop "program guidance."

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.

Opportunities for participation

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

  • The comment period is 21 days unless modified for cause.
  • Notice of proposed guidance will be posted on this site. You may sign up to be automatically notified.
  • All comments received will be considered and a comment response summary will be shared on this page. Please be aware that the comment response summary will include all of the submitted comments in the format they were received.
  • Final guidance will be posted on this page for 21 days once it is completed. We strive to post the final guidance within 45 days of the expiration of the comment period.
  • 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.

Proposed program guidance open for public comment

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Forest Tax Law 2019 Stumpage Values Open for comment through November 6, 2018 Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jeff Simon Send comments to Jeff Simon
Wildlife Management Cougar Response Guidelines Open for comment through November 6, 2018 Proposed guidance document [PDF] Scott Walter Send comments to Scott Walter
Water Resources Healthy Lakes & Rivers Plan Update Open for comment through November 1, 2018 Proposed guidance document [PDF] Pamela Toshner Send comments to Pamela Toshner
Drinking Water & Groundwater Determining Approval Requirements for Changes in Chemical Treatments or Chemical Feed Equipment at Community Water Systems Open for comment through October 30, 2018 Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eileen Pierce Send comments to Eileen Pierce
Runoff Management, Grants Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) Grant Application Instructions for Small-Scale Agricultural Projects Open for comment through October 30, 2018 Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ann Hirekatur Send comments to DNRNPSProgram@Wisconsin.gov
Drinking Water Municipal Drinking Water System Source Capacity Determination Open for comment through October 16, 2018 Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eileen Pierce Send comments to Eileen Pierce
Forest Management Guidelines for stump treatment to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of Heterobasidion root disease in Wisconsin Open for comment through October 16, 2018 Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kyoko Scanlon Send comments to Kyoko Scanlon

Final program guidance documents

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Grants, Storm Water Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water (UNPS&SW) Program Planning Grant Application Instructions Final documents available through
October 16, 2018
Final guidance document [PDF] Ann Hirekatur Response to comments [PDF]

Proposed program guidance in final drafting status

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Agricultural Runoff Management Chapter NR 151 Implementation Series: Determining Significant Discharge of Process Wastewater and Direct Runoff from Feedlots to Waters of the State Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Mike Gilbertson Comment period closed
Drinking Water Lead and Copper Rule Monitoring Site Plans Final drafting in progress

Guidance cover sheet [PDF]

Proposed form

Adam DeWeese Comment period closed
Drinking Water New Public Drinking Water System Plan Review Forms Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Cathrine Wunderlich Comment period closed
Forest Fire Protection Wisconsin Smoke Management Plan: Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Comment period closed
Forest Management Emerald Ash Borer Silviculture Guidelines Revision Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Bill McNee Comment period closed
Forest Management Pesticide Application Contract Language for Timber Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Rebecca Gray Comment period closed
Forest Management Revisions to the Fire Management Handbook 4325.1, Chapter 2 (Prevention) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Comment period closed
Forest Management Revisions to the Fire Management Handbook 4325.1, Chapter 6 (Partner Agreements) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Michele Witecha Comment period closed
Forest Management Revisions to the Silviculture Handbook 2431.5 – Establishment and Evaluation of Adequate Natural Regeneration, Chapter 21 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge Comment period closed
Forest Management Revisions to the Silviculture Handbook 2431.5 – Red Pine and Aspen Rotation Length, Chapters 32 & 43 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge Comment period closed
Forest Management Timber Sale Handbook: Appendix pages A-21 and A-22 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Doug Brown Comment period closed
Hazardous Waste Satellite Accumulation Requirements for Hazardous Waste Management Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amy Walden Comment period closed
Industrial Wastewater Guidance for Implementation of Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act: Regulating Cooling Water Intake Structures Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jason Knutson Comment period closed
Lakes and Rivers Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Management Plan Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Bob Wakeman Comment period closed
Natural Heritage Conservation American Marten (Martes americana) Species Guidance Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Prescribed Burning Wisconsin Smoke Management Best Management Practices for Prescribed Burns Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ralph Sheffer Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Calculating Soil RCLs for PAHs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Paul Grittner Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Clean Soil Management: A Self-Implementing Option for Soil Excavated During a Response Action under Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700 through NR 750 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Christine Haag Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 712 Qualifications and Certifications Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Christine Haag Comment period closed
Storm Water Non-Channel Erosion Mat Technical Standard 1052 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Pete Wood Comment period closed
Storm Water Channel Erosion Mat Technical Standard 1053 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Dan Bekta Comment period closed
Storm Water Modeling Post-Construction Storm Water Management Treatment Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eric Rortvedt Comment period closed
Waste & Materials Management Managing Container Glass in Accordance with Wisconsin's Land Disposal Ban Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Casey Lamensky Comment period closed
Wastewater Discharge of Industrial Liquid Wastes into Manure Storage Units Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Stephen Warrner Comment period closed
Water Quality, Wastewater &
Aquatic Plant Management
Permitting the Use of Dyes in Public Waterways Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Scott Provost Comment period closed
Waterway and Wetlands Practical Alternatives Evaluation Template for GP-18, Waterway and Wetland General Permit for Certain Agricultural Water Quality Improvement Activities Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Comment period closed
Wetlands Artificial Wetland Exemptions Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Comment period closed
Wetlands Nonfederal Wetland Exemptions Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Minks Comment period closed
Waterways and Wetlands Requests for Temporary Placement of Erosion Control Structures on the Great Lakes Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Josie Lathrop Comment period closed
Wildlife Management 2017 County Deer Advisory Council Governance of Operations Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kevin Wallenfang Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Bird Dog Training Licensing Process Improvement Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Pete Engman Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Chronic Wasting Disease Responding to New Foci Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Tami Ryan Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Forestry Damage – Deer Shooting Permit Review & Issuance Guidelines for DNR Staff Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Koele Comment period closed
Last revised: Tuesday October 16 2018