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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

There are no proposed guidance documents open for public comment at this time.

Final program guidance documents

There are no final documents available at this time.

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 Electronic Monthly Operating Reports Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Eileen Pierce 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
Fisheries Management, Dams Department Evaluation and Decision Process for Fish Passage at Dams Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jean Romback-Bartels Comment period closed
Fisheries Management Wisconsin Inland Trout Management Plan 2020-2029 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Joanna Griffin 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 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 Timber Sale Handbook: Appendix pages A-21 and A-22 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Doug Brown Comment period closed
Forestry Grants Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jim Warren Comment period closed
Grants Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) Grant Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jill Sunderland Comment period closed
Grants Revised Program Guidance for Hunter Recruitment, Development, Training and Education Grant Program (including program name change) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jill Sunderland 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
Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Strategic Plan FY20-21 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Matt O'Brien Comment period closed
Law Enforcement Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Signing Handbook Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Matt O'Brien Comment period closed
Law Enforcement Wholesale Fish Dealer Program Booklet Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Thomas Hansen Comment period closed
Loans Draft Intended Use Plan for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Becky Scott 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 Implementation of Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 749 and NR 750 Fees (RR-997) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jenna Soyer Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment PECFA Usual & Customary Cost Schedule Task Reference Guide and Standard Invoice #25 Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Jenna Soyer Comment period closed
Solid Waste Iron and Steel Slag Exemptions from the Definition of Solid Waste Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ruth O'Donnell 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
Wastewater Water Quality Review Procedures for Additives Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kari Fleming Comment period closed
Waterways 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
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
Wetlands Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Josh Brown 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 Cougar Response Guidelines Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Scott Walter 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: Wednesday July 10 2019