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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-19-0003 Preparing for a Municipal Drinking Water System Sanitary Survey 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Eileen Pierce  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1880 Guidance for Asphalt Shingle Grinders and Sorters 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Casey Lamensky  Comment
Community Financial Assistance CF-19-0010 Procurement Guide 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Mary Teves  Comment
Wildlife Management WM-19-0010 Chronic Wasting Disease - Responding to New Wild Deer Detections in New Locations 10/7/2019 10/28/2019 Scott Karel  Comment
Water Quality WY-19-0006 Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Program Guidance Document 10/7/2019 10/28/2019 Kari Fleming  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
Air Management AM-19-0020 MTE Calculations for Air Permit Exemptions 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Kristin Hart  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0021 Presumptive BACT for Formaldehyde Emissions Generated from LF Gas-Fired RICE 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Kristin Hart  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0022 Using Periodic Compliance Emission Testing 50% Exception 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Kristin Hart  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0023 Calculating Emission Limits Set Forth in s. NR 415.05(1) 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Kristin Hart  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-0195 Lamp and Bulb Management 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-0850 Common Hazardous Waste Violations 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1207 Management of Solvent-Contaminated Wipes 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1474 E-Cycle Wisconsin: Guidance on Definitions of Covered Devices 9/23/2019 10/14/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0024 Reports, Plans and Notifications Electronic Submittal Guidebook 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Maria Hill  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0025 Electronic Signature Submittal Instruction Book 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Maria Hill  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0026 Electronic Signature Quick Instructions 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Maria Hill  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0027 Demolition of Farm Buildings 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Maria Hill  Comment
Air Management AM-19-0028 Citation Authority Rules for Regulated Refrigerants and Salvaging Operations 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Maria Hill  Comment
Community Financial Assistance CF-19-0011 Accessibility Guidance 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Mary Teves  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1357 Procedures for Preparing and Submitting Landfill Environmental Monitoring Data to the Waste and Materials Management Program 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1382 E-Cycle Wisconsin Guidance for Limitation on Use of Prison Labor for Collection and Recycling 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1476 E-Cycle Wisconsin: Guidance on the Sale of EED Pounds Among Registered Recyclers 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1494 E-Cycle Wisconsin: Guidance on Landfill and Incinerator Ban Enforcement 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Waste & Materials Management WA-19-1587 Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Worksheet for Licensed Compost Sites that Submit Plans of Operation to the DNR 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Sarah Murray  Comment
Wildlife Management WM-19-0009 Wisconsin DNR Cougar Response Plan 9/30/2019 10/21/2019 Scott Karel  Comment
Last revised: Wednesday October 09 2019