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For more information about this strategic analysis, please contact:

Carroll Schaal
Natural Resources Program Manager

Aquatic plant management strategic analysis

Aquatic plants are a critical component of freshwater ecosystems. They provide habitat for fish and wildlife and influence water quality, sediment stability, nutrient uptake and a water body’s oxygen content. Sometimes, however, aquatic plants can become overabundant and interfere with water uses. DNR’s duties involve balancing the protection of aquatic plants and their benefits with the management of problem species.

Aquatic plant management (APM) is important to Wisconsin citizens. Recreational users, property owners and the tourism industry benefit from an effective APM program. DNR’s APM strategic analysis includes descriptions and evaluations of historical, scientific and socio-economic information related to APM in order to help inform future discussion and decisions.

Feedback and public review of the strategic analysis

The DNR invited the public to review and comment on the draft strategic analysis between December 11, 2018 and January 2/topic/EIA/5, 2019. We received more than 40 public comments (contact information has been redacted).

The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildllife Commission (GLIFWC) was also invited to comment. We received these GLIFWC comments.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed and commented on the analysis!

The DNR invited the public to help us determine the scope of the analysis between October 18 and November 16, 2016. We received 21 emails with scoping comments [PDF].

Strategic analysis process

A strategic analysis evaluates factual information to inform policies and approaches for contentious resource issues. This process is outlined in Chapter NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code.

The purpose of the analysis is to inform future discussions and decisions.

Strategic analysis follows these general steps.

  1. Public announcement and scoping - defining the topics and information sources to be considered and the analytical methods to be employed. This step includes public input and consultation with other agencies and Tribal authorities.
  2. Information gathering and analysis.
  3. Document preparation.
  4. Public review - at least 45 days will be allotted for public review of the analysis.
  5. Comment response - the department will consider all comments received, and may revise the analysis if warranted. < we are here
  6. The final version of the analysis document and all comments and supporting information will be made available to the public and press, universities, the governor and legislature, and state, local, federal and tribal agencies.
Last revised: Tuesday May 07 2019