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Water topics

Still Waters, credit: Eric Poggemann

photo credit: Eric Poggemann (Port Washington)

for water permits online.

Water resources are the foundation for Wisconsin’s economy, environment and quality of life. Managing, conserving and restoring them for the benefit of Wisconsin citizens now and in the future is a big job, and one that DNR staff share with local governments, citizens and businesses.

6/19/20 COVID-19 UPDATE: Badger Bounce Back Phase 1

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 public health emergency. As state agencies continue operations, please understand that most of our staff are continuing to telework and may have limited access to files and delayed online connectivity. The department is following the Badger Bounce Back plan's phased approach to the resumption of activities that have been delayed or put on hold due to Safer at Home.

Now that the department has entered phase 1 of the plan, programs will be resuming field work, including compliance inspections. In most cases, staff will be scheduling a pre-inspection call with facilities to gather some information that had been collected in the past during on-site visits. These calls will also include discussing protocols for on-site visits that may be needed to complete all aspects of a compliance assessment.

With this in mind, we ask that our customers continue to:

  • Use email whenever possible to communicate with staff.
  • Set up conference calls or Skype meetings in lieu of in-person meetings.
  • Request electronic public records online using our standard system, whenever possible.
    • The majority of staff are not currently available to access physical files and no staff are available on-site to allow physical inspection of files by the public until the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
  • Submit documents electronically, preferably via a download link (ftp servers, DNR system, etc.). Note: If that option is not available to you, DNR staff can receive emails up to 20 MB.

Staff will keep their voicemails and out-of-office messages up to date and will respond as they are able.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 information webpage. For program-specific information, please search keyword "COVID19."

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Agribusiness and CAFOs
  • Wisconsin’s beaches provide wildlife habitat, recreation areas and tourist destinations.
Dam safety
  • There are approximately 3,800 dams in Wisconsin.
Drinking water
  • The DNR works to provide Wisconsin residents with safe, clean drinking water.
  • A Floodplain is land that has been or may be covered by floodwater during a regional flood.
Great Lakes
Groundwater montioring well
  • Approximately two thirds of the people living in Wisconsin get their drinking water from groundwater.
Impaired waters
cows standing in a stream
Nonpoint source runoff
Rivers & streams
  • In addition to their natural beauty, Wisconsin’s shoreland areas protect water quality, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife habitat and areas for recreational activities.
Storm water runoff
  • Storm water runoff contains pollutants from roads, parking lots, construction sites, industrial storage yards and lawns.
Surface water
  • Wisconsin residents are fortunate to live in a state bountiful with natural resources, including our many surface waters.
  • Wisconsin regulates municipal and industrial operations discharging wastewater to surface or groundwaters.
Water use
  • Sustainable water use is critical for a healthy environment and economy.
Watersheds & basins
Children playing on the
  • Help preserve and protect our waterways for current enjoyment and future generations.
Wells (public & private)
  • Help keep Wisconsin wells safe and dependable sources of water.
Wetland flowers
  • Help protect, restore and explore Wisconsin’s wetlands.

Last revised: Monday March 23 2020