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7/23/20 COVID-19 UPDATE: 

Badger Bounce Back Phase 2

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 public health emergency. As state agencies continue operations, please understand that most of our staff are continuing to telework and may have limited access to files and delayed online connectivity. The department is following the Badger Bounce Back [exit DNR] plan's phased approach to the resumption of activities that have been delayed or put on hold due to Safer at Home.

Now that the department has entered phase 2 of the plan, programs will continue the transition back to field work – including compliance inspections – that began in phase 1. In most cases, staff will continue to schedule pre-inspection calls with facilities to gather some of the information that would previously have been collected while on-site. These advance calls will also be used to discuss safety protocols for on-site visits that may be needed to complete all aspects of a compliance assessment.

Staff will keep their voicemails and out-of-office messages up to date and will respond as they are able.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 information webpage. For program-specific information, please search keyword "COVID19."

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COVID-19 Resources: 

The DNR regulates municipal and industrial operations discharging wastewater to surface water or groundwater through the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit program. Plans for wastewater treatment facilities must be reviewed and approved by the DNR. State law requires DNR review of municipal and industrial treatment plant construction plans as well as related monitoring systems and groundwater monitoring wells.

Permits

A listing of Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permits.

Public Notices

Review the latest WPDES discharge public notices. Notices are posted on the DNR website for 30 days.

Guidance

Access the Wastewater program’s most frequently requested municipal and industrial discharge materials.

Operator Certification

Do you operate a wastewater treatment plant? Find training opportunities and certification and licensing information.