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August 2020 Agenda and Meeting Materials

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board

August 2020 Natural Resources Board agenda This is the official agenda.

Public Appearance List

Written Comment List


Public Participation Deadline: NRB Liaison receipt of your request to testify and/or written comment is 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

In light of COVID-19, the Natural Resources Board will be meeting via eConference. Members of the public can submit written comments by the posted deadline date for Board consideration. No public appearance requests will be accepted. The public can view the August board meeting by live webcast via this link.


AMENDED AGENDA (rev. 8/04/20)

For eConference meeting from:
Room G11, State Natural Resources Building
(GEF 2) 101 South Webster Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

NOTICES HEREBY GIVEN that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting will convene via eConference at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, originating from Public Meeting Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7-8 as listed on the Agenda.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that matters concerning natural resource issues or the Department’s program responsibilities or operations specified in the Wisconsin Statutes, which arise after publication of this agenda may be added to the agenda and publicly noticed no less than two hours before the scheduled board meeting, if the Board Chair determines that the matter is urgent.


    1. Calling the roll
    1. Approval of agenda for August 12, 2020
    2. Approval of brief of action from June 24, 2020
    3. The Andrew F. Bell and Edith M. Bell Charitable Trust will donate $36,072; $18,036 will go to the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation for continued support of its endangered species priorities, and $18,036 to the Bureau of Wildlife Management for wetland habitat research and wetland management training
      (Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome)
      (DNR Secretary Preston Cole) ADDED
    ADOPTION (Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome)
    1. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order WA-06-20(E), proposed rules creatingchapter NR 159 related to regulating fire fighting foam that contains certain contaminants
      Technical Support document
      PowerPoint Presentation
      (Kate Strom Hiorns, Recycling and Solid Waste Section Chief)
      MODIFIED: Response to Comments was reformatted so all three columns fit on each page; content was not changed.
    2. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order RR-11-17(E), proposed rules creating chapters NR 756 and 758 related to financial responsibility for engineering controls for contaminated sediment remediation and insurance and financial responsibility requirements for Voluntary Party Liability Exemption projects with contaminated sediments
      PowerPoint Presentation
      (Jodie Peotter, Brownfields and Outreach Section Chief)
    3. SCOPE STATEMENTS (Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome)
      MISCELLANEOUS (Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome)
    4. Land Sale – Westfield Hatchery – Marquette County
      (Jim Lemke, Real Estate Section Chief)
    1. OPEN FORUM (Testimony that pertains to topics not on the meeting agenda) – at approximately 9:15 a.m. following break. Remote testimony only; no face-to-face presentations. Please refer to pages 3 - 4 of agenda for required pre-registration information and protocol.
  5. INFORMATION ITEMS (Written Comment Welcome)
    1. Overview of establishing size and bag limit fishing regulat ions on Wisconsin waters, with a focus on Ceded Territory walleye regulations
      Background Memo
      PowerPoint Presentation
      (Joe Hennessy and Max Wolter, Bureau of Fisheries Management walleye team co-leaders
    2. Streamlining and simplifying the 2020 hunting regulations publication
      PowerPoint Presentation
      (Scot Karel, Wildlife Policy Specialist)
    3. Great Lakes Commercial Fishing Update
      PowerPoint Presentation
      (Brad Eggold, Great Lakes District Fisheries Supervisor, Charlie Henriksen, LakeMichigan Commercial Fishing Board Chair C, and Craig Hoopman, Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board Chair)
    4. DNR COVID-19 Update
      PowerPoint Presentation
      (Beth Bier, DNR Deputy Secretary)
    1. Retirement Recognition - Action
      1. Edward R. Eilert, Wildlife Management, 42 years
      2. Kathleen A. Harris, Parks & Recreation, 23 years
      3. Jeffrey B. King, Law Enforcement, 21 years
      4. Donna K. Leighton, Customer Service and Outreach Services, 15 years
      5. Robert J. Liska, Water Quality, 38 years
      6. Matthew S. MacKenzie, Law Enforcement, 29 years
      7. Trent L. Marty, Forestry Field Operations, 35 years
      8. Richard M. Straub, Finance, 28 years
    2. Department Secretary’s Matters – Informational
      1. Acts of the Department Secretary – Real Estate Transactions
      2. Department Secretary’s Matters
      3. Planning Status Update - None
    1. Approval of 2021 meeting calendar
    2. Board Members’ Matters

The public is welcome to attend a (face-to-face) Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting. The NRB also provides opportunities for citizens to testify and to submit written comment about issues that come before the NRB. See complete information on public participation at Board meetings here.

Board Meetings are webcast live. To watch, go to the webcast archive and click on this month’s meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.

The following meeting resources also are available: Agenda Item Packets (also known as green sheet packages are linked to the corresponding item on the website/html meeting agenda here -- click on the blue “View agendas” button then scroll down.), supporting documents, and public comment. Media Site recordings and the Brief of Action are used as the legal record of Board Meetings.

Public Appearance Protocol: Only remote testimony (no face-to-face appearances) will be offered at the August meeting. You must be pre-registered to testify. Those that do not pre-register will not have the opportunity to testify. Confirmed speakers will receive meeting logistics via email. Those confirmed to testify on a specific agenda item will testify on that item prior to vote. The time that item 5. – Open Forum may be before the Board is approximately 9:15 a.m. You may lose your opportunity to testify if you are late. Each speaker will have three minutes to give their testimony.

Due to public health advisories on COVID-19, all 2020 regional meetings and tours have been cancelled and moved to Madison. Future 2020 Open Forum remote presentation opportunities may be held at the following DNR locations (schedule is subject to change):

Date of Meeting Meeting Location Remote Location
August 11-12 Madison Spooner/NOR
September 22-23 Madison Fitchburg/SCR (or other location)
October 27-28 Madison Green Bay/NER
December 8-9 Madison Eau Claire/WCR
January 26-27, 2021 Madison Rhinelander/NOR

Please contact Laurie Ross, NRB Liaison, at 608-267-7420 or by email at with NRB related questions, to request information, to submit written comments, to register to attend a Board tour, and to register to testify at a meeting or listening session.

Public Participation Deadline: NRB Liaison receipt of your request to testify and/or written comment is 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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