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Nine rules form a comprehensive approach toward controlling runoff pollution. Here's a guide:
NR 151 is the rules package heart
and soul. It contains nonagricultural standards (affecting the people who live in cities, villages, and towns, including building construction), standards and prohibitions for agricultural practices (affecting small and large farmers and agribusiness operations such as feedlots), and runoff pollution standards for transportation facilities (such as streets and highways, airports, railroads, and other mass transit facilities).
NR 120 link changes the Priority Watershed and Priority Lake Programs (which are winding down) and the newer, more comprehensive approach of the runoff rules.
NR 152 contains two model ordinances that municipalities can adopt to set erosion controls during and after construction.
NR 153 contains the Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) Grant Program provisions. TRM grants partially fund activities to reduce both agricultural and urban polluted runoff.
NR 155 contains the Urban Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Abatement and Storm Water Management Grant Program provisions. The Urban NPS grants are awarded to local government to control both pipeline and polluted runoff from existing development.
NR 154 lists details about Best Management Practices and cost-share conditions for funding under grant programs.
NR 216 chnges link the nonagricultural performance standards to the storm water discharge permit for cities and construction process sites.
NR 243 changes require agricultural operations that are required to apply for Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits to meet the agricultural performance standards and prohibitions.
ATCP 50 identifies conservation practices for farmers to meet agricultural performance standards and prohibitions.
Virginia Mayo Black is a DNR publications editor and communicator for the Water Division.