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Wastewater COVID-19 Information

The Wastewater Program recognizes the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency. As always, to the maximum extent possible, conditions and requirements of WPDES permits should be adhered to, but first and foremost a facility should focus on operations (to maintain effluent quality) and other crisis management actions.

All deviations from "normal" operations should be fully documented and communicated to DNR. As a facility's situation changes, please communicate any changes with your DNR compliance staff by email. If there are delays or missed samples, please provide a comment on the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) form explaining whether missed requirements were due to COVID-19 issues and be clear if the issues were the result of staffing issues at the facility or laboratory challenges. As always, please reach out to your Wastewater staff contacts if you have any questions or requests for assistance.

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Electronic Communications and Document Submittals

Please understand that some staff are teleworking and may have limited access to regular mail, paper files and office phones. With this in mind, we ask that our customers use email whenever possible to communicate with staff and to submit permit-required documents and plan review submittals electronically.

Operator Certification

The Operator Certification program is launching a new computer-based format for all Operator Certification exams. Additional information regarding the new exam format, applications and registration can be found at Operator Certification Exams.

Temporary Changes to Procedures for WPDES Permit Public Hearings

Public Hearing Locations

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the DNR will be hosting public hearings for Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permits via a remote, virtual connection made available to the public via the options listed in the public notice document. Virtual hearings will be recorded.

For questions about how to connect remotely, please contact Stephen Nehring.

Public Comment Periods

Persons wishing to comment on or object to a proposed permit action are invited to do so by attending a virtual public hearing, if scheduled, or by submitting any comments or objections in writing to the DNR at the permit drafter's address listed in the public notice. To ensure comments are received, the department recommends that all comments be sent via email to the permit drafter listed in the notice. Written comments have the same weight as those received during a public hearing.

For more information, visit WPDES Permits on Public Notice.