DNR: Seeks public comment on commercial, residential and industrial wetland general permit

CONTACT: Amanda Minks, DNR waterway and wetland policy coordinator, 608-264-9223; Martye Griffin, waterway and wetland section chief, 608-266-2997

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a draft reissuance of the wetland general permit for commercial, residential and industrial activities. The public comment period on the general permit runs until the close of business October 27, 2017.

The ability for the department to develop the streamlined general permit process was created by a change in wetland laws in 2012 under Wisconsin Act 118. This is the first permit reissuance under this authority.

“The proposed general permit would continue to enable commercial, residential and industrial activities a streamlined permitting process that meet standards set forth in the draft,” said DNR Waterway and Wetland Policy Coordinator Amanda Minks. “That includes the filling of just under one-quarter of an acre or 10,000 square feet of wetland.”

Minks added that the DNR does not anticipate this general permit to result in significant effects on the environment. An informational hearing is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. on Friday October 13, in Room G09 at the Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison.

To view a copy of the draft wetland general permit, or to view other information about the DNR individual and general wetland permit process, please see the department’s waterway protection web page. To submit written comments on the draft wetland general permit via U. S. mail, contact Amanda Minks, DNR-WT/3, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, 608-264-9223.

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