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Learn what types of wastewater discharges are regulated and how.
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Wastewater discharges to surface or groundwater.
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For more information about wastwater general permits, contact:
Trevor Moen
Wastewater general permit program coordinator

Wastewater general permits

The Department of Natural Resources (Department) is authorized under Section 283.35, Wis. Stats. [exit DNR] to issue Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) general permits to a designated area of the state authorizing discharges from specified categories or classes of point sources located within that area. A general permit is designed to cover multiple facilities under one permit when they perform similar operations, produce the same type of wastewater streams, employ similar wastewater treatment operations, or are subject to similar effluent limitations and monitoring requirements in accordance with Section NR 205.08(1)(b), Wis. Adm. Code.

General permits

General permits

Wastewater general permits are listed below, with links to the permits, fact sheets, notices of intent (NOIs), DMRs (if required) and other relevant documents. Visit Agribusiness or Storm water for general permits covering discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water runoff.

Ballast Water Discharge (WI-0063835-2-2)

Ballast Water Discharge

This permit is intended to cover the discharge of ballast water from vessels into Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or other waters where a vessel may transit located within the boundaries of Wisconsin and meeting the applicability criteria listed in this permit.

Carriage and Interstitial Water from Dredging Operations (WI-0046558-6)

Carriage and Interstitial Water from Dredging Operations

This permit is intended to cover dredging operations where carriage water or interstitial water from sediment dredging projects is discharged to surface waters or seepage systems.

Concrete Products Operations (WI-0046507-6)

Concrete Products Operations

This permit is intended to cover concrete products operations (excluding concrete asphalt) where washwater, boiler blowdown, non-contact cooling water and dust control wastewater are discharged to surface waters or seepage systems.

Contaminated Groundwater from Remedial Action Operations (WI-0046566-7)

Contaminated Groundwater from Remedial Action Operations

This permit covers wastewater from soil and groundwater remediation projects involving organic contaminants (primarily hydrocarbons and solvents) discharged to surface waters or seepage systems. The permit also contains requirements for infiltration discharges to enhance in-situ bioremediation.

Dewatering Operations (WI-0049344-5)

Dewatering Operations (formerly Pit/Trench Dewatering)

This permit is intended to cover wastewater discharges from various dewatering operations to surface waters or seepage systems.

Domestic Wastewater to a Subsurface Soil Absorption System (WI-0062901-3)

Domestic Wastewater to a Subsurface Soil Absorption System

This permit is intended to cover discharge of domestic wastewater into a subsurface soil absorption system. The facility may consist of a large scale subsurface soil absorption system with a design flow greater than 12,000 gallons per day that is approved by the Department of Safety and Professional Services and concurred with by the Department of Natural Resources.

Hydrostatic Test Water and Water Supply System Water (WI-0057681-4)

Hydrostatic Test Water and Water Supply System Water

This permit is intended to regulate discharges of hydrostatic test water and water supply system water to surface waters or seepage systems.

Industrial Liquid Waste to a Subsurface Soil Absorption System (WI-0055611-7)

Industrial Liquid Waste to a Subsurface Soil Absorption System

This permit is intended to cover discharges of industrial liquid wastes containing biodegradable pollutants discharged to subsurface soil absorption systems (septic tanks followed by subsurface drainfield systems). Typical wastewaters will come from, but not be limited to, food processing facilities (including fruit, vegetable, meat, fish and poultry processing facilities), mink raising operations and aquaculture operations.

Landspreading of By-Product Solids (WI-0057665-6)

Landspreading of By-Product Solids

This permit is intended to cover discharges of by-product solids to land spreading sites. By-product solids are waste materials from the animal or food processing industry including, but not limited to: vegetable waste leaves, cuttings, peelings, husks and sweet corn cobs; animal paunch manure (stomach contents); and waste fruit and pits.

Landspreading of Industrial Sludge (WI-0057657-6)

Landspreading of Industrial Sludge

This permit is intended to cover the application of industrial sludges to landspreading sites regulated under ch. NR 214, Wis. Adm. Code. These sludges must not have detrimental effects on soils, crops or groundwater, and have beneficial properties as a soil conditioner or fertilizer. These sludges are typically from the treatment of food processing wastewaters.

Landspreading of Industrial Liquid Wastes (WI-0055867-7-1)

Landspreading of Industrial Liquid Wastes

This permit is intended to cover discharges of liquid wastes to landspreading sites from, but not limited to, food processing facilities (including fruit, vegetable, dairy products, meat, fish and poultry processing facilities), mink raising operations and aquaculture operations. The wastes will typically contain biodegradable pollutants with annual limitations on the application of nitrogen and chlorides.

Non-Contact Cooling Water, or Condensate and Boiler Blowdown (WI-0044938-6)

Non-Contact Cooling Water, or Condensate and Boiler Blowdown

This permit is intended to cover non-contact cooling water, air conditioning condensate, boiler blowdown and similar discharges free of toxic substances to Wisconsin surface waters or seepage systems.

Nonmetallic Mining Operations (WI-A046515-6 and WI-B046515-6)

Nonmetallic Mining Operations

These general permits cover construction sand, gravel, dimension stone, rotten granite, clay pit, crushed stone and industrial sand operations and processing where wash water, pit dewatering, dust control and non-contact cooling wastewaters are discharged to surface waters or groundwater. These general permits also contain storm water requirements in accordance with ch. NR 216, Wis. Adm. Code.

Outside Washing of Vehicles, Equipment and Other Objects (WI-0059153-3)

Outside Washing of Vehicles, Equipment and Other Objects

This permit is intended to cover a variety of facilities that wash equipment, vehicles and other objects outside and can not direct the wastewater to sanitary sewage facilities. Discharges from these washing operations typically contain contaminants (suspended solids and foam) that can be addressed by implementing Best Management Practices. Occasional residential and non-profit vehicle washing is exempt.

Pesticide Pollutant Discharges

Pesticide Pollutant Discharges

Four general permits authorize point source discharge of a biological pollutant, an excess chemical pollutant and a residual chemical pollutant directly into waters of the state. The pollutant discharge can result from control activities for the following types of organisms:

  • Aquatic Plants, Algae and Pathogens - WI0064556-2-1
  • Detrimental or Invasive Aquatic Animals - WI0064564-2
  • Forest Canopy Pests - WI0064572-2
  • Mosquitoes or Other Flying Insects - WI0064581-2

More information on the 4 general permits can be found at Wisconsin pest control pollutant discharge permits

Petroleum Contaminated Water (WI-0046531-6-1)

Petroleum Contaminated Water

This permit is intended to regulate petroleum contaminated water from fueling areas (auto, rail, airport, etc.) and petroleum storage tank farms discharged to surface waters or seepage systems.

Satellite Sewage Collection Systems (WI-0047341-5)

Satellite Sewage Collection Systems

This permit applies to municipal and non-municipal entities that own a sewage collection system that is tributary to a regional wastewater treatment facility that provides treatment. The permit includes reporting requirements for sanitary sewer overflows if they occur and a compliance maintenance annual report (CMAR). Sanitary sewer overflows are prohibited. Sewage collection system owners must implement a new requirement for a capacity, management, operation and maintenance program (CMOM).

Short Duration Discharge (WI-0059137-4)

Short Duration Discharge

This permit is intended to cover discharges that occur infrequently, are relatively short in duration (90 days or less) and do not represent an environmental concern. The discharge may be to a land application site or a discharge to a surface water.

Storage of Domestic Septage (WI-0066435-01)

Storage of Domestic Septage (Land Application as Septage)

This permit is applicable to large septage storage facilities (≥25,000 gallons) that land apply domestic septage on department approved sites or hauls the domestic septage to other permitted facilities approved for domestic septage storage and/or treatment.

Swimming Pool Facilities (WI-0046523-5)

Swimming Pool Facilities

This permit is intended to cover pool cleaning, pool drainage and pool filter backwash wastewaters that are discharged to surface waters or seepage.

Water Treatment and Conditioning (WI-0046540-6)

Water Treatment and Conditioning

This permit is applicable to water treatment and conditioning facilities (potable and non-potable) that result in discharges of backwash water, regeneration water, concentrate or reject water, unit washwater or drainage water, and decant water or supernatant, or other similar wastewaters associated with the water treatment processing that are discharged to surface waters or indirectly to groundwaters via seepage.

Proposed reissuances (or other permit actions) for general permits that are available for public comment may be viewed at the WPDES public notices page.

Apply

How to apply

For an applicant to obtain coverage under a general permit, the applicant shall complete and submit a complete notice of intent (NOI) for a general permit to the Department at least thirty (30) business days before the expected start date of discharge pursuant to Section NR 205.08(3), Wis. Adm. Code. NOIs shall be submitted electronically when made available by the Department pursuant to 40 CFR Part 127. If electronic submittal of a NOI is not available for a general permit, please mail or email the NOI to the attention of the Regional General Permit Contact responsible for your county (See the Contacts Tab).

If the Department notifies an applicant that a discharge is ineligible for coverage under a general permit but still requires WPDES permit coverage, the applicant shall apply for and obtain coverage under an individual WPDES permit (or alternative general permit, if available) prior to discharging to a water of the state pursuant to Sections NR 205.08(3) and (5), Wis. Adm. Code. The necessary steps to apply for coverage under an individual permit can be found on the Department website.

Online applications

Electronic Notices of Intent (eNOIs) are available to be submitted online at the water permit applications website. However, this option is currently limited to applicants for the Dewatering Operations and Pesticide Pollutant Discharge general permits. The online application system can be used with any internet browser and does not require any special software.

Note: The Department is in the process of developing and requiring the submission of eNOIs to discharge under all general permits pursuant to 40 CFR Part 127. Once the eNOI is available for a general permit, paper NOIs will no longer be accepted.

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Fee Overview

The Department does not charge permit application fees or annual fees for most wastewater general permits, with one exception. The exception is the ballast water discharge general permit which charges a $1,200 application fee and $345 annual fee as required by s. 283.35(1m), Wis. Stats.

Average Review Process

  • Notice of intent: 14 to 30 business days

Note: The review time period begins from the date that a complete NOI has been received by the Department. Additionally, there is no review time period provided in Wisconsin Statutes or Wisconsin Administrative Code for granting coverage under a general permit.

Coverage

Permit coverage

Following the submittal of a complete NOI to the Department, the applicant shall receive a letter from the Department granting them coverage under a general permit prior to commencing discharge to a water of the state pursuant to s. NR 205.08(3), Wis. Adm. Code.

If the applicant has not received a letter from the Department granting them coverage under a general permit, an applicant may not discharge to a water of the state until coverage under the general permit is granted by the Department. Failure to obtain coverage under a WPDES permit for a discharge to a water of the state may be in violation of state law under s. 283.31, Wis. Stats. and you could be prosecuted.

Coverage under a general permit is effective upon the date specified in the Department coverage letter. If a permittee submitted a complete and timely NOI to be covered by a general permit, the terms and conditions of an expired general permit shall continue to apply until the effective date of a new general permit based on s. NR 205.07(1)(n), Wis. Adm. Code and 40 CFR Part 122.28(b)(2)(i).

Reporting

Reporting

Submittal of electronic discharge monitoring reports (eDMRs)

Due to the EPA electronic reporting rule, the Department is required to convert all general permits with paper discharge monitoring reports to electronic discharge monitoring reports (eDMRs). The Department will notify permittees when eDMRs become available for each general permit. When available, permittees shall submit required monitoring data from the general permit on an eDMR in accordance with s. NR 205.07(1)(r), Wis. Adm. Code. Paper copies will no longer be accepted. Monitoring forms are due 21 days following the end of the reporting period. For instance, if a parameter is to be sampled quarterly, the monitoring results are due 21 days following the end of each quarter. The eDMR shall be submitted to the Department whether or not there is a discharge during any reporting period.

In order to access the eDMR forms, you must have or create a Wisconsin Web Access Management System (WAMS) ID and request access for each facility for which you intend to submit data. If you already have a WAMS ID, then you do not need to recreate one but must still request access to each facility for which you intend to submit data.

Instructions and help with Switchboard/WAMS ID Registration can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wastewater/documents/WAMsSwitchboardHelp.pdf.

Instructions and help with filling out and submitting monitoring forms can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wastewater/eReporting.html.

Submittal of paper discharge monitoring reports

When an eDMR is not available, the permittee shall submit paper discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) to the Department no later than the date indicated on the DMR form. The DMR must be submitted to the Department regional office identified on the letter granting coverage under the applicable general permit. (The contacts for each general permit can be found in the Contacts tab). The DMR must summarize the monitoring information and show all the required sample results for the general permit discharge. Failure to submit a complete DMR may result in a violation of the general permit conditions.

Transfer

Permit coverage transfers

A permit is not transferrable to any person except after notice to the Department. Permittees that wish to transfer general permit coverage to a new permittee must submit a Transfer of Coverage (TOC, Form 3400-222) pursuant to ss. NR 203.136(p) and NR 205.07(1)(i), Wis. Adm. Code and 40 CFR Part 122.61. The TOC must be submitted at least thirty (30) business days in advance of the proposed transfer date. All TOCs shall be completed by both the existing and new permittees including the “Certification & Signature” section and sent via mail or email to the Department. The Department will then send a letter to the existing permittee stating that their coverage is terminated under this general permit.

If the quality or quantity of the discharge has not changed at the facility, the Department will send a coverage letter to the new permittee under this general permit. If there have been significant changes at the permitted facility, the new permittee shall submit a new NOI to the Department.

Note: Permittees must submit all required reporting to the Department before permit coverage can be transferred.

Form Form # Date
Transfer of Coverage (TOC) WPDES General Permit Discharge 3400-222 11/2018

Termination

Permit coverage termination

Permittees that wish to terminate their general permit coverage must submit a Notice of Termination (NOT, Form 3400-221) to the Department in accordance with s. NR 203.136(3), Wis. Adm. Code and 40 CFR Part 122.64. All NOTs must be completed by the permittee and including the “Certification & Signature” section and sent via mail or email to the Department. The Department will then send confirmation back to the permittee stating that their coverage is terminated under the general permit.

Note: Permittees must submit all required reporting to the Department before permit coverage can be terminated.

Form Form # Date
Notice of Termination (NOT) WPDES General Permit Discharge 3400-221 03/2017

Note: The Department is in the process of developing and requiring the submission of an electronic Notice of Termination (eNOT) to terminate coverage under all general permits pursuant to 40 CFR Parts 122.64 and 127. Once the eNOT is available for all general permit, paper NOTs will no longer be accepted.

Signature

Signature requirements

All NOIs, DMRs, and other information requested by the department must be signed by the authorized representative of the facility or project in accordance with s. NR 205.07(1)(g), Wis. Adm. Code. Section 283.37(3), Wis. Stats. states an authorized representative means any of the following:

  • In the case of a corporation, by a principal executive officer of at least the level of vice president or by the principal executive officer’s authorized representative responsible for the overall operation of the point source for which a permit is sought.
  • In the case of a limited liability company, by a member or manager.
  • In the case of a partnership, by a general partner.
  • In the case of a sole proprietorship, by the proprietor.
  • In the case of a municipality, publicly owned treatment works or a municipal separate storm sewer system by a principal executive officer, ranking elected official, or other duly authorized employee.

Authorized representative may delegate signature authority to a duly authorized representative to sign and submit specific documents by submitting a delegation of signature authority (DSA) request (Form 3400-220, Delegation of Signature Authority) or equivalent in accordance with s. NR 205.07(1)(g)2., Wis. Adm. Code. The authorized representative can only delegate signature authority to a duly authorized representative if that person is responsible for the overall operation of the facility or activity regulated by the general permit. The DSA request shall specify the name of the individual and their employment position. The DSA request must be submitted to the department with the NOI or together with the submittal of any required documents. If there are any changes to this request, a new DSA request shall be submitted to the department.

Form Form # Date
Delegation of Signature Authority (DSA) WPDES General Permit Discharge 3400-220 11/2018

Contacts

Regional general permit contacts:


DNR regional office Coordinator name Counties of responsibility
Milwaukee Service Center
2300 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Susan Eichelkraut
Susan.Eichelkraut@Wisconsin.gov
(414) 263-8682

Lori Mulsoff
Lori.Mulsoff@Wisconsin.gov
(414) 263-8713
Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha
Green Bay Service Center
2984 Shawano Ave
Green Bay, WI 54313
Laurel Last
LaurelL.Last@Wisconsin.gov
(920) 662-5174

David Haas
David.Haas@Wisconsin.gov
(920) 662-5401

Alexis Peter
Alexis.Peter@Wisconsin.gov
(920) 662-5145
Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago
Eau Claire Service Center
1300 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Woody Myers
Will.Myers@Wisconsin.gov
(715) 839-3726
Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Vernon, Wood
Spooner Service Center
810 W Maple St
Spooner, WI 54801
Leila Jenkins
Leila.Jenkins@Wisconsin.gov
(715) 635-4008
Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn

Regional landspreading general permit contacts:


DNR regional office Coodinator name Counties of responsibility
Horicon Service Center
N7725 HWY 28
Horicon, WI 53032
Vacant Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk
Milwaukee Service Center
2300 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Stephen Warrner
Stephen.Warrner@Wisconsin.gov
(414) 263-8671
Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha
Green Bay Service Center
2984 Shawano Ave
Green Bay, WI 54313
Alexis Peter
Alexis.Peter@Wisconsin.gov
(920) 662-5145
Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago,
La Crosse Service Center
3550 Mormon Coulee Rd
La Crosse, WI 54601
Leanne Hinke
Leanne.Hinke@Wisconsin.gov
(608) 785-9014
Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Pierce, Pepin, St Croix, Trempealeau, Vernon, Wood
Wisconsin Rapids Service Center
473 Griffith Ave
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Danielle Luke
Danielle.Luke@Wisconsin.gov
(715) 421-7821
Portage
Wausau DNR Service Center
5301 Rib Mountain Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
Nick Lindstrom
Nicholas.Lindstrom@Wisconsin.gov
(715) 359-5866
Marathon
Spooner Service Center
810 W Maple St
Spooner, WI 54801
Leila Jenkins
Leila.Jenkins@Wisconsin.gov
(715) 635-4008
Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn

Wastewater general permits program coordinator
Trevor Moen
Phone: (920) 424-7883
Email: Trevor.Moen@Wisconsin.gov

Wastewater section chief
Jason Knutson
Phone: (608) 267-8713
Email: Jason.Knutson@Wisconsin.gov



Last revised: Thursday October 24 2019