Natural Resources Board to meet August 2-3 in Ashland

Arrangements made for people to testify on Lower Wisconsin State Riverway master plan via video streaming from Madison

MADISON – Proposed rules related to captive deer farm fence regulations and related to cisco (lake herring) harvest in Lake Superior are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets August 3 in Ashland.

The board will also be asked to approve the master plan for the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway and approve a request to initiate the rule-making process related to runoff management and non-point source performance standards for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.

The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at the AmericInn, 3009 Lakeshore Drive E, Ashland.

Because of keen public interest in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Master Plan from residents of southern Wisconsin, the board will receive remote testimony on this item via video streaming from Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2). People must be pre-registered to testify at either location. Each speaker will have three minutes to give their testimony.

The public may pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting or to participate in the board tour. The deadline to register to testify or submit written comments for this business meeting is 11 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2016. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website. Testimony on the LWSR master plan is tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. August 3. People registered to testify should check in with the staff greeter at either the AmericInn or Room G09 GEF 2. Access to G09 is through the front desk on the main floor of GEF 2.

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the board is scheduled to hear presentations on public/private partnerships for natural resources restoration and waterfront redevelopment in the Ashland area and participate in an afternoon water tour. However, the Tuesday schedule is subject to change due to last week’s storm and flood damage.

The complete August board agenda is available by searching the DNR website, for keyword “NRB” and clicking on the button for “view agendas.”

Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month’s meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.