Natural Resources Board to meet January 24 in Madison

MADISON – A request for adoption of proposed rules relating to runoff management and nonpoint source performance standards, a request for adoption of proposed rules related to the federal cost shared state program for suppression of gypsy moths and a request for approval of recommendations for the 2018 bear harvest quotas are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets Wednesday, January 24 in Madison.

The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

The Department of Natural Resources has found that in some areas of the state groundwater standards will not be attained under current performance standards found in NR 151 of the Wisc. Admin. Code due to the particular geological make-up of the bedrock and soil. The performance standards in the proposed rule are designed to minimize the risk of pathogens reaching groundwater.

Required requests for gypsy moth suppression spraying by the DNR have reduced dramatically since the mid-2000s. The department is proposing deactivating the suppression program and allowing private business to take over this service. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection is continuing its gypsy moth “Stop the Spread” gypsy moth program, so people in some parts of the state will still see planes spraying this summer.

The board will also hear request for approval of the fisheries and wildlife management questions for the 2018 Fish and Wildlife Spring Meetings and hear an information update on a new demand based pricing system for the Wisconsin State Park System properties among other items.

At approximately noon the board may convene in closed session under the authority of s. 19.85(1)(e) Wisconsin Statutes to discuss the department’s competitive bargaining and negotiation position with respect to a potential real estate transaction in Southeast Wisconsin and in South Central Wisconsin.

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

The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register to, testify, or submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.

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.