Any interested person may file a petition with the department for administrative review within 30 days after any of the following decisions given by the department:
The issuance, denial, or modification of any individual permit issued or contract entered into under this subchapter.
The imposition of, or failure to impose, a term or condition on any individual permit issued or contract entered into under this subchapter.
If the petitioner is not the applicant, the petition shall describe the petitioner's objection to the permit or contract and shall contain all of the following:
A description of the objection that is sufficiently specific to allow the department to determine which provisions of this subchapter may be violated if the proposed activity or project under the permit or contract is allowed to proceed.
A description of the facts supporting the petition that is sufficiently specific to determine how the petitioner believes the activity or project, as proposed, may result in a violation of the provisions of this subchapter.
A commitment by the petitioner to appear at the administrative hearing and present information supporting the petitioner's objection.
The activity or project shall be stayed pending an administrative hearing under this section, if the petition contains a request for the stay showing that a stay is necessary to prevent significant adverse impacts or irreversible harm to the environment.
If a stay is requested under par. (c)
, the stay shall be in effect until either the department denies the request for an administrative hearing or the hearing examiner determines that the stay is not necessary.
The petitioner shall file a copy of the petition with the department. If the petitioner is not the applicant, the petitioner shall simultaneously provide a copy of the petition to the applicant. The applicant may file a response to the petition with the department. If the applicant files a response under this paragraph, it shall be filed within 15 days after the petition is filed.
The department shall grant or deny the petition within 30 days after the petition is filed. The failure of the department to dispose of the petition within this 30-day period is a denial. The department shall deny the petition if any of the following applies:
The petitioner is not the applicant and the petition does not comply with the requirements of par. (b)
The objection contained in the petition is not substantive. The department shall determine that an objection is substantive if the supporting facts contained in the objection appear to be substantially true and raise reasonable grounds to believe that the provisions of this subchapter may be violated if the activity or project is undertaken.
If the department denies the petition, the department shall send the petitioner the denial in writing, stating the reasons for the denial.
If the department grants a petition under this subsection, the department shall refer the matter to the division of hearings and appeals in the department of administration within 15 days after granting the petition unless the petitioner and the applicant agree to an extension.
An administrative hearing under this section shall be treated as a contested case under ch. 227
If a stay under sub. (1m) (c)
is in effect, the hearing examiner shall, within 30 days after receipt of the referral under sub. (1m) (g)
, determine whether continuation of the stay is necessary to prevent significant adverse impacts or irreversible harm to the environment pending completion of the administrative hearing. The hearing examiner shall make the determination based on the request under sub. (1m) (c)
, any response from the applicant under sub. (1m) (e)
, and any testimony at a public hearing or any public comments. The determination shall be made without a hearing.
An administrative hearing under this section shall be completed within 90 days after receipt of the referral of the petition under sub. (1m) (g)
, unless all parties agree to an extension of that period. In addition, a hearing examiner may grant a one-time extension for the completion of the hearing of up to 60 days on the motion of any party and a showing of good cause demonstrating extraordinary circumstances justifying an extension.
Notwithstanding s. 227.44 (1)
, the department shall provide a notice of the administrative hearing at least 30 days before the date of the hearing to all of the following:
In an administrative hearing under this section, the petitioner shall proceed first with the presentation of evidence and shall have the burden of proof.
Any person whose substantial interest is affected by a decision of the department under sub. (1m) (a) 1.
may commence an action in circuit court to review that decision.
Any party aggrieved by a decision of a hearing examiner under sub. (2)
may commence an action in circuit court to review that decision.
History: 2003 a. 118
; 2011 a. 167
Limits and conditions for permits and contracts. 30.2095(1)(a)
Except as provided in par. (b)
, every permit or contract issued under ss. 30.01
for which a time limit is not provided by s. 30.20 (2)
is void unless the activity or project is completed within 3 years after the permit or contract was issued.
The department may specify a time limit of less than 3 years for an individual permit or contract issued under ss. 30.01
. The department shall extend the time limit for an individual permit or contract issued under ss. 30.01
for no longer than an additional 5 years if the grantee requests an extension prior to expiration of the initial time limit.
For good cause, the department may modify or rescind any permit or contract issued under ss. 30.01
before its expiration.
History: 1987 a. 374
; 2003 a. 118
; Stats. 2003 s. 30.2095; 2011 a. 167
Use of beds of Great Lakes by public utilities. 30.21(1)(1)
Water intake facilities.
Upon compliance with such applicable regulations as may be imposed by the government of the United States and subject to chs. 196
and rules and orders of the public service commission issued pursuant thereto, any public utility may, pursuant to permit granted by resolution of the governing body of any city, village or town situated on any waters of Lake Michigan or Lake Superior or in the Great Lakes basin, construct, maintain and operate, upon and under the bed thereof adjoining such city, village or town, all cribs, intakes, basins, pipes and tunnels necessary or convenient for securing an adequate supply of water suitable for the purposes of such utility, provided only, that concurrently with the construction of facilities for the withdrawal of water from the lakes, the city, town or village must construct sewage treatment and disposal works adequate to treat completely all sewage of the municipality. Any city, village or town, the limits of which are within 50 miles of any such waters and any public utility serving the same shall be deemed to be situated on such waters within the meaning of this section and such municipality or public utility serving the same shall, subject to this section, have authority to acquire and own or lease sufficient real estate, not to exceed 50 miles beyond the corporate limits of such municipality, for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and operating thereon or thereunder, transmission facilities and structures, including cribs, intakes, basins, pipes and tunnels, necessary or convenient for securing an adequate supply of water suitable for the purposes of such municipality or utility. Such facilities shall be so constructed, maintained and operated as to avoid material obstruction to existing navigation or the use of private property not owned by such utility.
(2) Harbor facilities; public utility structures.
Pursuant to the authority and conditions specified in sub. (1)
, any such utility may also:
Improve the navigability of any of the waters specified in sub. (1)
and construct upon the shore and the adjoining bed of such waters, harbor facilities adapted for the reception, docking, unloading and loading of vessels carrying supplies required for the operation of such utility.
Place any public utility structure, including all or part of any plant for the generation of electricity and the appurtenances, upon the bed of any of the waters specified in sub. (1)
, provided the utility first obtains approval under this chapter and obtains the approval of the public service commission as required by s. 196.49
or rules or orders of the public service commission issued pursuant thereto, and also obtains the approval of the department to the making of any payment to be made to the municipality with respect to the erection of such structure.
(3) Compliance with other permit requirements. 30.21(3)(a)(a)
Each public utility operating under a permit under this section on January 1, 1986, shall comply with s. 281.35 (2)
, if applicable.
On and after January 1, 1986, no city, village or town may issue a permit under sub. (1)
unless the public utility applying for the permit complies with s. 30.18 (2) (b)
, if applicable.
History: 1985 a. 60
; 1995 a. 227
Bluff protection. 30.24(1)(1)
In this section:
For the purposes of protecting bluff land, the department may expend money from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta)
for a program under which the department may do all of the following:
Acquire bluff land or interests in bluff land along the Great Lakes.
Award grants to nonprofit conservation organizations to acquire these lands or interests under s. 23.096
(3) Ban on location restrictions.
In exercising its authority under sub. (2) (a)
, the department may not limit acquisitions of bluff lands to bluff lands that are within the boundaries of projects established by the department.
(4) Limit on grants.
Except as provided in s. 23.096 (2m)
, a grant awarded under this section or under s. 23.096
to protect bluffs may not exceed 50 percent of the acquisition costs.
The department shall promulgate rules to administer and implement this section, including standards for awarding grants to protect bluffs under this section and under s. 23.096
grants. The department by rule shall define “bluff land" for purposes of this section.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2007 a. 20
Wolf River protection. 30.25(1)(1)
Except as provided under sub. (2)
, no person may make any effort to improve the navigation on the Wolf River north of the southern boundary of Shawano County nor shall any dam be authorized for construction in that portion of the Wolf River. Any permit issued or in effect by virtue of or under authority of any order or law authorizing the construction of any dam in the Wolf River in Langlade County is void. This declaration does not affect permits for or the operation or maintenance of any dam in existence on August 24, 1963.
A person may engage in a minor dredging project to improve access to or to improve the aesthetics of the Wolf River in Shawano County if a permit issued by the department under s. 30.20
authorizes the project.
History: 1987 a. 374
Florence Wild Rivers Interpretive Center.
Beginning with fiscal year 2007-08, the department shall provide a grant in the amount of $27,000 in each fiscal year to the Florence Wild Rivers Interpretive Center to be used for park and recreation uses, forestry education, and tourist information provided by the center and for its operational costs.
History: 2007 a. 20
In order to afford the people of this state an opportunity to enjoy natural streams, to attract out-of-state visitors and assure the well-being of our tourist industry, it is in the interest of this state to preserve some rivers in a free flowing condition and to protect them from development; and for this purpose a system of wild rivers is established, but no river shall be designated as wild without legislative act.
The following rivers, or portions of rivers, are designated as wild rivers:
The Pine River and its tributary Popple River in Florence and Forest counties.
The portion of the Brunsweiler River, described as follows: from the point at which the Brunsweiler River leaves the SW-1/4 of the SW-1/4 of Sec. 22, T. 44 N., R. 4 W. downstream to the point at which the Brunsweiler River crosses the boundary of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the NW-1/4 of Sec. 22, T. 45 N., R. 4 W. This portion of the Brunsweiler River shall be known as the “Martin Hanson Wild River".
From the outlet of Totogatic Lake located in Bayfield County to the upstream end of Nelson Lake at the Southern edge of the walleye spawning refuge located in Sawyer County.
From a point 500 feet below the dam in the Totogatic Wildlife Area located in Washburn County to the upstream end of the Colton Flowage located in Washburn County.
From a point 500 feet below the dam that forms the Colton Flowage located in Washburn County to the point where the river crosses the Washburn-Douglas County line immediately above the upstream end of the Minong Flowage.
From the bridge on CTH “I" that crosses the river located in Washburn County to the confluence of the river with the Namekagon River located in Burnett County.
The rivers designated under par. (a)
shall receive special management to assure their preservation, protection and enhancement of their natural beauty, and their unique recreational and other inherent values in accordance with guidelines outlined in this section.
(3) Duties of department.
The department in connection with wild rivers shall:
Provide active leadership in the development of a practical management policy.
Consult other state agencies and planning committees.
Collaborate with county and town boards and local development committees or boards in producing a mutually acceptable program for the preservation, protection and enhancement of the rivers.
Seek the cooperation of the U.S. forest service, timber companies, county foresters and private landowners in implementing land use practices to accomplish the objectives of the management policy.
Act as coordinator under this subsection.
(4) Snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, and off-highway motorcycles. 30.26(4)(a)
The department may not prohibit the crossing of a bridge over a wild river by an all-terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle traveling on an all-terrain vehicle trail, as defined under s. 23.33 (1) (d)
, by an off-highway motorcycle traveling on an off-highway motorcycle trail designated under s. 23.335 (19) (b)
, or by a snowmobile traveling on a snowmobile trail, as defined under s. 350.01 (17)
that is constructed in any of the following locations:
Along the Nicolet State Trail where the trail crosses the existing railroad trestle over the Pine River and the Popple River.
In Florence County along County Highway N where the trail would cross the Pine River.
The state shall permit all-terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and snowmobiles to travel in a corridor across any state land that separates an all-terrain vehicle trail, an off-highway motorcycle trail, or a snowmobile trail and the bridges constructed at the locations listed under par. (a)
As part of the management of the designated portion of the Brunsweiler River, all of the following shall apply:
The U.S. forest service may maintain the dam that impounds Beaver Dam Lake that is in place on April 29, 2009. If the U.S. forest service receives authorization from the department to abandon the dam, the department may carry out restoration activities to restore the natural appearance of the lake and the river.
The U.S. forest service may maintain or replace the boat landing on Mineral Lake that is in place on April 29, 2009.