DNR to hold public hearing on agriculture rule revisions

Hearing Sept. 15 in Green Bay and Madison; public comment period through Oct. 4

MADISON – The Department of Natural Resources is holding a public hearing September 15 regarding state rule changes governing the spreading of manure on soils in certain sensitive areas of the state.

The changes, under Ch. NR 151, Wis. Adm. Code, relate to shallow soils over “karst topography,” which are areas where the bedrock may be fractured. Some of the proposed changes to NR 151 may be based on recommendations in the Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup final report, issued in June 2016.

An informational meeting and Q&A will start at noon and the public hearing will start at 1 p.m. The hearing will be held September 15 at the University Union Phoenix Room (Rooms A, B and C), UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay. The hearing will also be broadcast at the same time in Madison at the Wisconsin Natural Resource Building, Room G09, 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

The public is invited to attend and provide oral and written comments on NR 151 rule changes at each location. A public hearing officer will be present to conduct the hearing and may put time limits on individual oral statements to ensure an opportunity for all persons present to make statements.

The public may also submit written comments on the proposed rule changes by October 4, 2017, via mail to Mike Gilbertson, DNR, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53707, or by e-mail to: DNRNR151Revisions@dnr.wisconsin.gov.

Agency staff will provide a brief summary of the available information about the rule changes at the meeting, and will also provide a summary of the steps that must be followed before the changes become final.