NR 198.13(10) (10) If the department finds that the project has not been satisfactorily completed by the end of the grant period, the department may seek reimbursement of the state share previously distributed to the sponsor.
NR 198.13 History History: CR 04-060: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; CR 08-063: am. (1) and (3) Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09.
NR 198.14 NR 198.14Grant payments.
NR 198.14(1) (1)Eligible costs. Reasonable and necessary project costs, which are consistent with the approved project, as determined by the department, and incurred during the grant period are eligible for reimbursement. Eligible costs include:
NR 198.14(1)(a) (a) Labor costs required for carrying out activities identified in the grant agreement. Costs shall be based on the sponsor's established rates for the position including salary, fringe benefits and other items determined to be appropriate by the department.
NR 198.14(1)(b) (b) Direct cost for professional service contracts, laboratory analysis, leased equipment and facilities printing, postage and similar items.
NR 198.14(1)(c) (c) The cost of necessary supplies and equipment used exclusively for project-related purposes. The costs of necessary equipment shall be pro-rated based on its useful life expectancy relative to the length of the project.
NR 198.14(1)(d) (d) Fees paid for any federal, state or local permits required to conduct the project.
NR 198.14(1)(e) (e) Reasonable costs necessary to complete an application and comply with a permit required to implement a project. Costs incurred up to 12 months prior to the application deadline are eligible for reimbursement.
NR 198.14(1)(f) (f) The substantiated value of donated materials, equipment, services and labor as all or part of the local share of the project costs subject to all of the following:
NR 198.14(1)(f)1. 1. All sources of local share donation shall be indicated when the grant application is submitted.
NR 198.14(1)(f)2. 2. The maximum value of donated non-professional labor shall be $12 per hour.
NR 198.14(1)(f)3. 3. The value of donated equipment shall conform to the Wisconsin department of transportation highway rates for equipment.
NR 198.14 Note Note: The county highway rates for equipment are formulated under s. 84.07, Stats., and can be found in chapter 5 of the State Highway Maintenance Manual published by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Madison, WI 53705.
NR 198.14(1)(f)4. 4. The value of donated materials and professional services shall conform to market rates and be established by invoice.
NR 198.14(1)(g) (g) Other costs determined by the department to be necessary to carry out a successful project.
NR 198.14(1)(h) (h) Watershed pollution control, native vegetation restoration and protection and other complimentary activities that help control aquatic invasive species or resist future colonization.
NR 198.14 Note Note: A bid summary may be considered by the department as a demonstration by the sponsor of what are reasonable project costs.
NR 198.14(2) (2)Ineligible costs. Costs not directly associated with or necessary for the implementation of the project as determined by the department are ineligible for reimbursement. Ineligible costs include:
NR 198.14(2)(a) (a) Fines and penalties due to violation of, or failure to comply with, federal, state or local laws and regulations.
NR 198.14(2)(b) (b) Ordinary operating expenses of local government sponsors, such as salaries and expenses of public officials that are not directly related to the project.
NR 198.14(2)(c) (c) Purchase of aquatic plant harvesters, boats, autos or office furniture.
NR 198.14(2)(d) (d) Aquatic plant management activities that provide temporary or single season relief from nuisance conditions including plant harvesting operations, herbicide treatments and other control methods unless they are approved under an early response project in subch. III or recommended in a department approved plan under subch. IV.
NR 198.14(3) (3)Final payment. The department shall withhold 10% of the state share for a final payment and may withhold final payment until final costs have been reviewed under s. NR 198.13 and the department has made a determination that the project has been satisfactorily completed. Sponsors may not make final payment to consultants until the department has approved a final report.
NR 198.14 History History: CR 04-060: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; CR 08-063: am. (1) (intro.), (e), (f) 2. and (2) (d), cr. (1) (h) Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09.
NR 198.15 NR 198.15Priorities and funding considerations.
NR 198.15(1)(1) The order of priority for funding projects is:
NR 198.15(1)(a) (a) Control pioneer populations of aquatic invasive species
NR 198.15(1)(b) (b) Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to unpopulated waters.
NR 198.15(1)(c) (c) Control established populations of aquatic invasive species and restore native aquatic species communities.
NR 198.15(1)(d) (d) Provide research and demonstration that advances the state's knowledge and understanding of aquatic invasive species control.
NR 198.15(1)(e) (e) Ongoing maintenance to contain aquatic invasive populations within a waterbody.
NR 198.15(2) (2) The department shall consider the following factors when considering a project for grant funding:
NR 198.15(2)(a) (a) The degree to which the project includes a prevention and control strategy.
NR 198.15(2)(b) (b) The degree to which the project will prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
NR 198.15(2)(c) (c) The degree to which the project protects or improves the aquatic ecosystem's diversity, function, ecological stability or recreational uses.
NR 198.15(2)(d) (d) The extent of the population in the waterbody.
NR 198.15(2)(e) (e) The degree to which the project will be likely to result in successful long-term control.
NR 198.15(2)(f) (f) The availability of public access to, and public use of, the waterbody.
NR 198.15(2)(g) (g) The degree to which the proposed project includes or is complemented by other management efforts including watershed pollution prevention and control, native vegetation protection and restoration and other actions that help control aquatic invasive species or resist future colonization.
NR 198.15(2)(h) (h) Community support and commitment, including past efforts to prevent or control aquatic invasive species.
NR 198.15(2)(i) (i) Whether the sponsor has previously received a grant for a similar project for the same water body.
NR 198.15(2)(j) (j) The degree to which the project will advance the knowledge and understanding of the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species.
NR 198.15 History History: CR 04-060: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; CR 08-063: am. (1) (intro.), r. and recr. (1) (a) to (d), r. (2), cr. (1) (e) and (2) (j), renum. (3) to be (2) and am. (2) (c), (d), (g) and (h) Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09.
NR 198.16 NR 198.16Variances. The department may approve in writing a variance from a requirement of this chapter upon the written request of a sponsor if the department determines that a variance is essential to effect necessary grant actions or program objectives and where special circumstances make a variance in the best interest of the program. Before approving a variance, the department shall take into account factors such as good cause and circumstances beyond the control of the sponsor. The department may not grant variances from statutory requirements.
NR 198.16 History History: CR 04-060: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05.
subch. II of ch. NR 198 Subchapter II — Education, Prevention and Planning Projects
NR 198.20 NR 198.20Purpose. Education projects are intended to broaden the public's awareness and understanding of, and ability to identify, aquatic invasive species, the threats they pose to the health of aquatic ecosystems, the measures to prevent their spread and the management practices used for their control. Prevention projects are intended to prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species into a waterbody or prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from an infested waterbody to an uninfested waterbody. Planning projects are intended to assist in the development of plans for the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species.
NR 198.20 History History: CR 04-060: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05.
NR 198.21 NR 198.21Applicability. This subchapter applies to all sponsors of aquatic invasive species education, prevention and planning grants. Combined total grant awards to state, federal and hydroelectric corporation sponsors, including universities, colleges and schools, may not exceed $200,000 in any one state fiscal year.
NR 198.21 History History: CR 04-060: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; CR 08-063: am. Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09.
NR 198.22 NR 198.22Eligible projects.
NR 198.22(1) (1) Projects eligible for funding under this subchapter include:
NR 198.22(1)(a) (a) The dissemination of information about aquatic invasive species consistent with the department's statewide education strategy for preventing and controlling invasive species including, but not limited to, attending or conducting workshops, training or coordinating volunteer monitors and other education programs.
NR 198.22(1)(b) (b) Monitoring, mapping and reporting of data about presence or absence of aquatic invasive species to provide baseline information and monitor trends in a waterbody or waterbodies.
NR 198.22(1)(c) (c) Development of plans for the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species.
NR 198.22(1)(d) (d) Watercraft inspection programs that include all of the following:
NR 198.22(1)(d)1. 1. Inspectors that have attended a training workshop and received program materials provided or approved by the department prior to project initiation. Training may be part of the grant project.
NR 198.22(1)(d)2. 2. Trained inspectors deployed at a boat launch site to conduct inspections, collect and report data, provide boater education and report suspect specimens.
NR 198.22(1)(d)3. 3. Inspectors that staff boat launch facilities a minimum of 200 hours annually during weekends, holidays, fishing tournaments and other special events between May 1 and October 30 when public boating activity on lakes is the highest.
NR 198.22(1)(d)4. 4. Data collected through an inspection that is reported through the statewide watercraft inspection database. These reports shall serve as the final report as required in s. NR 198.13 (8).
NR 198.22 Note Note: Guidance for conducting watercraft inspection programs, Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program, Volunteer Monitoring Guidance for Aquatic Invasive Species, publication #WT-780 can be obtained from the DNR, Bureau of Watershed Management, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.
NR 198.22(1)(e) (e) Studies and assessments as needed to aid in the prevention or control of aquatic invasive species.
NR 198.22 Note Note: The department and university extension have developed educational materials and publications that are suitable for aquatic invasive species education, planning and prevention projects. To avoid unnecessary costs, duplication of effort and assure that consistent and accurate information is provided statewide, sponsors should first consider ordering copies of existing publications or adapting them before creating new publications.
NR 198.22 History History: CR 04-060: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; CR 08-063: am. (1) (a) Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09.
NR 198.23 NR 198.23Applications and grant awards.
NR 198.23(1)(1) Applications shall be made on forms provided by the department. Applications shall be submitted to the region director for the region in which the project is located by August 1 or February 1 of each year for a project to be eligible for a grant award in the subsequent 6 month period.
NR 198.23 Note Note: Forms may be obtained free of charge from the department at the following DNR region headquarters located at:
NR 198.23 Note 1. Southeast — 2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Box 12436, Milwaukee 53212
NR 198.23 Note 2. South Central — 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg 53711
NR 198.23 Note 3. Northeast — 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI 54313
NR 198.23 Note 4. Northern/Rhinelander — 107 Sutliff Ave., Rhinelander 54501
NR 198.23 Note 5. Northern/Spooner — 810 West Maple St., Spooner 54801
NR 198.23 Note 6. West Central — 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Call Box 4001, Eau Claire 54702
NR 198.23(2) (2) A complete application shall contain the following information:
NR 198.23(2)(a) (a) A brief description of the project's goals and objectives including a description of the waters on which the project will take place and how the results of the project will lead to the prevention or control of aquatic invasive species.
NR 198.23(2)(b) (b) A complete description of the project methods.
NR 198.23(2)(c) (c) An itemized budget for the full costs of the project including a calculation of the department's share of the project that will ultimately be reimbursed and a statement of the sponsor's capacity for financing its completion.
NR 198.23(2)(d) (d) A time line for project completion.
NR 198.23(2)(e) (e) A signed and dated resolution from the sponsor authorizing the application and identifying a representative to act on its behalf.
NR 198.23(2)(f) (f) A description of the existing and proposed availability of public access to, and public use of, the waterbody including a map of the project waterbody identifying boat landings, public parks, platted access sites and road ends or rights of way providing public access to the water.
NR 198.23(2)(g) (g) A description of how the project is consistent with existing plans or management efforts for the water body.
NR 198.23(2)(h) (h) Other information as may be required by the department to evaluate the project.
NR 198.23(3) (3) All required application material in sub. (2) that is not included on a department-provided form shall be submitted in an electronic format specified by the department.
NR 198.23(4) (4) The department shall review the application for completeness and may return the application with a request in writing for more detailed information. The application is not considered complete until the additional information requested by the department has been received.
NR 198.23(5) (5) The department shall issue grant awards based upon the priorities and considerations established in s. NR 198.15.
NR 198.23(6) (6) Except as limited in sub. (7), the total state share of the cost of an education, prevention and planning project may not exceed 75% of the total project cost.
NR 198.23(7) (7) The maximum amount of a grant award shall be $150,000. Applications shall be separated into 2 classes. The 2 classes consist of those requesting less than $50,000 in state share and those requesting $50,000 or more in state share. Each class of projects shall be evaluated separately and have equal priority for funding.
NR 198.23 Note Note: For example, $200,000 is allocated to the Education, Prevention and Planning projects. The $200,000 would be distributed evenly between applications for less than $50,000 and applications for $50,000 or more. The applications would compete against other application in each class for the $100,000 distributed to that class.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.