Learn more about and comment on two proposed rules concerning the assessment of the health of Wisconsin lakes and streams at public hearings Sept. 12 in Madison and Green Bay. The rules describe how biological communities within a lake or stream are used to assess its overall health and establish how algae and plants will be used to determine whether a lake is responding to elevated phosphorus levels. The goals of these rules are to clarify policies, create consistent processes and provide protection of aquatic life and public recreation. Public participation is a critical component of agency rulemaking. The proposed language is available at dnr.wi.gov/topic/SurfaceWater/RuleUpdates.html.
The public hearings will be held Sept. 12, 10 am, at the Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster St., Room G09, in Madison; and through a simulcast at the Green Bay DNR Service Center, 2984 Shawano Ave., Lake Michigan Room.
Submit written comments at the public hearings or to Kristi Minahan. Email [email protected] or [email protected]; call 608.266.7055; or mail them to Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. The deadline for comments is Sept. 20.