30.28(2m) (2m)Adjustments in fees.
30.28(2m)(a)(a) The department shall refund a fee charged under sub. (1) (a) if the applicant requests a refund before the department determines that the application is complete. Except as provided in par. (am), the department may not refund a fee after the department determines that the application is complete unless required to do so under a rule promulgated under s. 299.05.
30.28(2m)(am) (am) The department shall refund 50 percent of the fee specified in sub. (1) (c) if the department denies an application for a general permit under s. 30.207 (3) (d) 1. or does not issue a general permit under s. 30.207 (6).
30.28(2m)(b) (b) If a person applies for a permit or otherwise seeks authorization or gives notice for a project or activity after the project or activity is begun or after it is completed, the department shall charge an amount equal to twice the amount of the fee that it would have charged under this section.
30.28(2m)(d) (d) The department may increase any fee specified in sub. (1) or (1m) only if the increase is necessary to meet the costs incurred by the department in performing the activities for which the fee is charged.
30.28(2r) (2r)Fee for expedited service.
30.28(2r)(a)(a) The department, by rule, may charge a supplemental fee for a permit, contract, authorization, other approval, or determination that is in addition to the fee charged under this section if all of the following apply:
30.28(2r)(a)1. 1. The applicant requests in writing that the permit, approval authorization, or determination be issued or the contract be granted within a time period that is shorter than the time limit under the rule promulgated under par. (b) for that type of permit, contract, authorization, approval, or determination.
30.28(2r)(a)2. 2. The department verifies that it will be able to comply with the request.
30.28(2r)(b) (b) If the department promulgates a rule under par. (a), the rule shall contain a time limit for each type of permit, contract, authorization, approval, or determination.
30.28(2v) (2v)Web site information fee. In addition to each fee charged under sub. (1), the department shall charge a supplemental fee to be used by the department to maintain a computerized system by which an applicant may determine the status of an application submitted under this subchapter. The department shall estimate the amount that the fee needs to be to provide sufficient funding for the cost of administering the computerized system. The department shall then set the fee to equal $3 or the amount of the estimated fee, whichever is less.
30.28(3) (3)Exemptions. This section does not apply to projects funded in whole or in part by any federal agency or state agency.
30.28 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 300, Wis. adm. code.
30.28 Annotation The department of natural resources has subject matter jurisdiction to issue after-the-fact permits, as well as those issued prior to the commencement of construction. Capoun Revocable Trust v. Ansari, 2000 WI App 83, 234 Wis. 2d 335, 610 N.W.2d 129, 99-1146.
30.28 Annotation Wisconsin's Wetland Reform Act. Kent and Jordan. Wis. Law. Feb. 2013.
30.285 30.285 Records of exemptions and permitted activities.
30.285(1)(1) On an annual basis, the department shall keep records of all of the following:
30.285(1)(a) (a) The number of exempted activities that are conducted under ss. 30.12 (1g) and (1k), 30.123 (6), 30.19 (1m), and 30.20 (1g) of which the department is aware.
30.285(1)(b) (b) The number of exemptions under par. (a) for which the department required applications for individual permits or contracts.
30.285(1)(c) (c) The number of exemptions under par. (a) for which the department required applications to seek authorizations to proceed under general permits.
30.285(1)(d) (d) The number of activities that are authorized under general permits for which the department requires applications for individual permits or contracts.
30.285(1)(e) (e) The number of piers and wharves for which the department issued a permit authorizing the configuration of the pier or wharf under s. 30.12 (1j) (c).
30.285(2) (2) For each record kept under sub. (1) (b) to (e), the department shall include all of the following:
30.285(2)(a) (a) The type of permit or contract application required.
30.285(2)(b) (b) The date of the application.
30.285(2)(c) (c) The date of the department's decision whether to issue the individual permit, grant authorization under the general permit, or to grant the contract.
30.285(2)(d) (d) The county in which the activity or project is located.
30.285 History History: 2003 a. 118; 2005 a. 253; 2007 a. 204.
30.29 30.29 Operation of motor vehicles in waters prohibited.
30.29(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
30.29(1)(a) (a) “Control" has the meaning given in s. 23.22 (1) (a).
30.29(1)(b) (b) “Motor vehicle" includes a utility terrain vehicle, as defined in s. 23.33 (1) (ng), an all-terrain vehicle, as defined in s. 340.01 (2g), and an off-highway motorcycle, as defined in s. 23.335 (1) (q).
30.29(1)(c) (c) “Outlying waters" has the meaning given in s. 29.001 (63).
30.29(2) (2)Prohibition. Except as provided under sub. (3), no person may operate a motor vehicle in or on any navigable water or the exposed bed of a navigable water.
30.29(3) (3)Exemptions. This section does not apply to:
30.29(3)(a) (a) Stream crossing. A person operating a motor vehicle to cross a stream by use of a bridge, culvert, ford or similar structure if the crossing is in the most direct manner practical, if the crossing is from a highway or private road or from an established trail and if the person operates the motor vehicle at the minimum speed required to maintain controlled forward motion of the motor vehicle.
30.29(3)(b) (b) Agriculture activities. A person operating a motor vehicle while the person is engaged in agricultural use, as defined under s. 91.01 (2).
30.29(3)(c) (c) Department activities. The department or any agent of the department operating a motor vehicle while the person is engaged in activities authorized by the department.
30.29(3)(d) (d) Activities for which a permit is issued. A person or agent of a person who is engaged in activities as authorized under a general or individual permit issued under this subchapter or as authorized under a contract entered into under this subchapter.
30.29(3)(e) (e) Amphibious vehicles. A person operating an amphibious motor vehicle registered as a boat with the department if the amphibious vehicle enters the water at a boat launch or a ford.
30.29(3)(f) (f) Boat launching. A person operating a motor vehicle to launch or load a boat, canoe or other watercraft.
30.29(3)(g) (g) On frozen waters. A person operating a motor vehicle on the surface of any navigable waters which are frozen.
30.29(3)(h) (h) Access to frozen waters. A person operating a motor vehicle to cross the bed or banks of a navigable water in order to reach the surface of any navigable waters which are frozen if the crossing is in the most direct manner practical, if the crossing is from a highway or private road or from an established trail and if the person operates the motor vehicle at the minimum speed required to maintain controlled forward motion of the motor vehicle.
30.29(3)(i) (i) Controlling Phragmites. A person operating a motor vehicle in compliance with sub. (3m).
30.29(3m) (3m)Controlling Phragmites in outlying waters. A person may operate a motor vehicle in outlying waters if the operation meets all of the following requirements:
30.29(3m)(a) (a) The operation of the motor vehicle is for the purpose of mowing or applying a herbicide for the purpose of controlling Phragmites australis.
30.29(3m)(b) (b) The operation of the motor vehicle occurs only on the exposed bed of the outlying water.
30.29(3m)(c) (c) The operation of the motor vehicle occurs between the period beginning on July 1 of a given year and ending on March 15 of the following year.
30.29(3m)(d) (d) The mowing or application of the herbicide interferes with or destroys native species only to the degree that is necessary to control the invasive species Phragmites australis.
30.29(4) (4)Penalty. A person who violates this section shall forfeit $50 for the first offense and shall forfeit not more than $100 upon conviction of the same offense a 2nd or subsequent time within one year.
30.291 30.291 Inspections for certain exemptions and permitted activities.
30.291(1) (1) For purposes of determining whether an exemption is appropriate under s. 30.12 (1k), (2m) or (2r), 30.123 (6m) or (6r), or 30.20 (1m) or (1r), whether a general permit is appropriate under s. 30.206 (3), or whether authorization to proceed under a general permit is appropriate under s. 30.206 (3r), any employee or other representative of the department, upon presenting his or her credentials, may enter the site and inspect any property on the site.
30.291(3) (3) The department shall provide reasonable advance notice, before entering the site and inspecting the property.
30.291(4) (4) If the owner of the site refuses to give consent for an entry and inspection to determine whether authorization to proceed under a general permit is appropriate under s. 30.206 (3r), the department shall deny authorization to proceed under the general permit and shall allow an application to be submitted for an individual permit for the activity.
30.291 History History: 2003 a. 118; 2007 a. 204.
30.292 30.292 Parties to a violation.
30.292(1) (1) Whoever is concerned in the commission of a violation of this chapter for which a forfeiture is imposed is a principal and may be charged with and convicted of the violation although he or she did not directly commit it and although the person who directly committed it has not been convicted of the violation.
30.292(2) (2) A person is concerned in the commission of the violation if the person does any of the following:
30.292(2)(a) (a) Directly commits the violation.
30.292(2)(b) (b) Aids and abets the commission of the violation.
30.292(2)(c) (c) Is a party to a conspiracy with another to commit the violation or advises, hires, counsels or otherwise procures any person to commit it.
30.292 History History: 1987 a. 374.
30.294 30.294 Nuisances, abatement. Every violation of this chapter is declared to be a public nuisance and may be prohibited by injunction and may be abated by legal action brought by any person.
30.294 History History: 1987 a. 374.
30.294 Annotation A citizen may bring suit under this section, pursuant to the public trust doctrine, directly against a private party for abatement of a public nuisance when the citizen believes that the department of natural resources has inadequately regulated the private party. When a municipality is a defendant, filing a notice of claim under s. 893.80 (1) (b) is not required if an injunction is sought under this section, whether or not the injunction will be directed against the municipality. Gillen v. City of Neenah, 219 Wis. 2d 806, 580 N.W.2d 628 (1998), 96-2470.
30.298 30.298 Penalties.
30.298(1)(1) Any person who violates any provision of ss. 30.12 to 30.21 for which a penalty is not provided under the applicable section or by sub. (2) or (3) shall forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $10,000 for the first offense and shall forfeit not less than $500 nor more than $10,000 upon conviction of the same offense a 2nd or subsequent time.
30.298(2) (2) Any person who violates s. 30.18 (2) (a) 1. or 30.195 (1) shall forfeit not less than $500 nor more than $10,000 for the first offense and shall forfeit not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 upon conviction of the same offense a 2nd or subsequent time.
30.298(3) (3) Any person who violates a general permit under s. 30.206 or 30.2065 shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $500 for the first offense and shall forfeit not less than $50 nor more than $500 upon conviction of the same offense a 2nd or subsequent time.
30.298(4) (4) A violation of a permit, contract or order issued under this chapter is a violation of the statute under which the permit, contract or order was issued.
30.298(5) (5) In addition to the forfeitures specified under subs. (1) to (3), the court may order the defendant to perform or refrain from performing such acts as may be necessary to fully protect and effectuate the public interest in navigable waters. The court may order abatement of a nuisance, restoration of a natural resource or other appropriate action designed to eliminate or minimize any environmental damage caused by the defendant.
30.298 History History: 1987 a. 374; 2003 a. 118; 2009 a. 391.
subch. III of ch. 30 SUBCHAPTER III
DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF HARBORS
30.30 30.30 Municipal authority to make harbor improvements. Every municipality having navigable waters within or adjoining its boundaries may exercise the following powers:
30.30(1) (1)Harbor improvement. By proper filling or excavating or dredging and docking, create or improve any inner or outer harbor and such turning basins, slips, canals and other waterways within its boundaries as it determines are necessary.
30.30(2) (2)Repairs and alterations. Keep in repair and from time to time alter, extend, enlarge or discontinue any improvement mentioned in sub. (1).
30.30(3) (3)Dock walls and shore protection walls.
30.30(3)(a)(a) Either by itself or in conjunction with another municipality, construct, maintain or repair suitable dock walls or shore protection walls along the shore of any waterway adjoining or within the limits of such municipality, exclusive of privately owned slips. Such structures may be located within or without the municipal limits.
30.30(3)(b) (b) Whenever an improvement, alteration, repair or extension of a dock wall or shore protection wall along the bank or shore of any waterway adjoining or within the limits of a municipality is required in order to eliminate menaces to navigation, or to promote the public health, safety or welfare, or to eliminate dilapidation, blight or obsolescence of such dock wall or shore protection wall, the board of harbor commissioners, if such board has been established within the municipality, or the local legislative body if no such board has been created, shall make a determination by resolution that it is essential that such dock wall or shore protection wall be improved, altered, repaired or extended. A certified copy of such resolution shall be served on the owners of the property of which such dock wall or shore protection wall is a part, by either forwarding such certified copy of the resolution by registered mail to the owners or by serving a certified copy of such resolution personally upon such owners if they can be found within the municipality. The resolution shall also specify a period of 90 days within which the owners shall be required to commence work for the improvement, alteration, repair or extension of the dock wall or shore protection wall.
30.30(3)(c) (c) If the owners of the property on which the dock wall or shore protection wall is located fail to notify the board of harbor commissioners or the local legislative body within the 90-day period that the work will be commenced as specified in the resolution, the board of harbor commissioners or the local legislative body shall request the city attorney, village attorney, town attorney or corporation counsel for the commencement of an action in the circuit court in the county in which the property is located for determination of whether or not the improvement, alteration, repair or extension of the dock wall or shore protection wall is required and for the fixing of the time by the court within which time the work must be commenced and completed. The action shall be entitled in the name of the state and the municipality, and the attorney general shall participate on behalf of the state. The complaint shall recite the type of improvement, alteration, repair or extension which is required, the approximate cost thereof, the need for such work as related to the reasons stated in par. (b), and such other allegations as may be pertinent. The owners of the property within which the dock wall or shore protection wall is located shall be named defendants. They shall be permitted to plead as provided for in civil actions. The action shall be brought to trial in the circuit court as promptly as possible. If the circuit court determines that the work shall be performed, it shall make a finding to that effect and enter an order directing the owners of the property to commence the work and to complete it within a period of time fixed by the court in the order, or in the alternative provide that the municipality may complete the work and charge the cost thereof to the owners of the property. If the work is performed by the municipality, the cost shall be recovered from the owners of the property as special assessments for benefits to lands provided for in s. 66.0703. Either party to the action may appeal from the determination of the circuit court and the appeal shall be given preference. Only that portion of the cost of the work shall be assessed against the owners which is of benefit to their lands.
30.30(4) (4)Special assessments. Make special assessments for benefits to lands on account of any of the improvements specified in sub. (3) and also in those cases where the owners of the property to be benefited by improvements in navigable waters consent in advance to such assessments, and in no other case, but the cost of protecting the ends of public streets and highways and other public grounds shall be paid wholly by the municipality.
30.30(5) (5)Acquisition of land. Acquire such lands or interests therein as it deems necessary for properly carrying out its powers under this chapter, including such lands outside the municipal limits as are necessary to protect its property or to carry out its powers under sub. (3). Such acquisition may be by condemnation proceedings.
30.30(6) (6)Cooperation with federal government in harbor improvements. Prepare the necessary plats and otherwise cooperate with the federal government when it indicates its intention to aid in the improvement of any harbor over which the municipality has jurisdiction, including the authority granted by s. 66.0315. If the municipality has established a board of harbor commissioners, such board shall have charge of the preparation of the plats and other necessary cooperation. The title to any lands acquired for the purpose of such harbor improvement may be transferred to the U.S. government for use in improving the harbor of the municipality.
30.30(7) (7)Doing of work. Contract for the doing of the work authorized by this section or purchase the necessary equipment for the doing of the work itself, but if the municipality has established a board of harbor commissioners such board shall have charge of the letting of contracts and shall supervise the doing of the work, except as provided in ss. 30.31 (1) and 30.32 (2).
30.30(8) (8)Lease of wharfing privileges. Lease the wharfing privileges of navigable waters at the ends of streets, giving preference to owners of adjoining land, and prescribe or regulate the fees to be charged for wharfage at such places. No buildings shall be erected on the ends of streets, and a free passage over the same for all persons with their baggage shall be reserved; but nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit the erection of public buildings by a municipality within a filled in area of a lake or river where such municipality has been granted specific authority therefor by the legislature, or in conjunction therewith, in any street end or approaches thereto. No such construction on any street end or approaches shall prevent access to the navigable water. If the municipality has established a board of harbor commissioners, the municipality may delegate to such board the powers conferred by this subsection.
30.30 History History: 1977 c. 187 s. 134; 1983 a. 219; 1989 a. 31; 1993 a. 246; 1999 a. 150 s. 672.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 123 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before December 8, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 8, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-8-17)