Register April 2013 No. 688
Chapter NR 60
PUBLIC INLAND LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION
Scope and applicability.
Feasibility study requirements.
Financial assistance for feasibility study.
Project planning and approval.
Financial assistance for project implementation.
Research and demonstration projects.
Ch. NR 60 Note
Note: Chapter NR 60 as it existed on February 28, 1979, was repealed and a new chapter NR 60 was created effective March 1, 1979.
NR 60.01 Scope and applicability.
This chapter contains rules for the administration of the public inland lake protection and rehabilitation program established by ch. 33, Stats.
These rules apply to projects undertaken by lake protection and rehabilitation districts which involve an application for state technical or financial aid.
NR 60.01 History
Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278
, eff. 3-1-79.
NR 60.02 Definitions.
As used in this chapter:
“Best available map" means a map or aerial photograph having a scale which is sufficient to clearly depict the information requested and which is currently available or could be prepared at a reasonable cost.
“Council" means the inland lakes protection and rehabilitation council created by s. 15.347 (8)
“Department" means the department of natural resources.
“Direct drainage basin" means that portion of the lake's total basin which is not drained to an upgradient lake or impoundment.
“District" or “lake district" means a public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district formed in accordance with the provisions of ch. 33, Stats.
“Municipality" means any city, village or town.
“Public inland lake" or “lake" means a lake, reservoir or flowage, or portion thereof, within the boundaries of the state that is accessible to the public by contiguous public lands or easements giving public access.
NR 60.02 History
Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278
, eff. 3-1-79.
NR 60.03 Feasibility study requirements. NR 60.03(1)
An application for technical assistance in establishing the specific feasibility study requirements must be filed with the department according to the procedures in sub. (2)
. Each feasibility study must be approved by the department in order to insure sufficient information for determining the feasibility of alternative remedial measures, including costs; the relative permanence of alternative measures; baseline data for measuring subsequent changes, and the potential for long-term control of the causes of degradation.
(2) Application for technical assistance in designing a feasibility study. NR 60.03(2)(a)(a)
An application for technical assistance for designing feasibility studies must be submitted by October 1 to be assured of receiving consideration for financial assistance for studies to begin in the following calendar year. The application must be made on forms provided by the department and contain the following information:
A copy of the resolution or county board order establishing the district, including a map showing the boundaries;
The names of the members of the district board of commissioners or, if applicable, the officers of the governing body of a municipality;
An estimate of the total equalized valuation of the property within the district;
The best available map which shows the direct drainage basin including basin boundaries and floodplain boundaries where delineated; total area and percentage of areas in agriculture, woodlands, urban development, wetlands, uplands and public lands and beaches (approximate); public accesses and public parking areas indicated on map; names and population of cities and villages in basin, and the names and location of all streams, including lake outlets;
A lake map showing the number and location of permanent homes and seasonal dwellings on the lakeshore designating those served by a municipal sewerage system; identification of all streams flowing into and out of the lake, and a general description of the lake bottom types (e.g., muck, marl, sand, gravel);
Where applicable, a description of the water level control structure and its location;
Relevant background data including existing water quality data; a description of the fishery, including species; the occurrence of fish kills; the history of lake management efforts such as herbicide application, fish stocking, aeration, and sand blanketing;
Information regarding existing privately and publicly-owned access, including copies of local ordinances which regulate access to or use of the lake (e.g., launching fees, use restrictions);
The information contained in the application for technical assistance will serve as a basis for determining specific requirements of the feasibility study and also eligibility for financial assistance under s. NR 60.04
(3) Specific feasibility study requirements. NR 60.03(3)(a)(a)
All studies shall meet requirements set forth by the department in the study specifications unless written approval of the department is obtained waiving such requirements.
Unless other methods are approved or required by the department, testing methods required by the department are those contained in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 14th edition, 1975. Copies may be inspected at the offices of the department of natural resources, the secretary of state and the legislative reference bureau, and may be obtained for personal use from the American Public Health Association, 1015 Eighteenth Street, Washington, D.C.
(4) Progress reports and certification of completion. NR 60.03(4)(a)(a)
To assure that the feasibility study is carried out in accordance with the requirements prescribed by the department, progress reports will be required which describe the accomplishments to date with a tabulation of data obtained. The progress reports shall be submitted in triplicate to the department within 30 days following the completion of each quarter of study. Different or additional dates may be required by the department if quarterly reports are incompatible with the specific feasibility study authorized.
The department will review the progress reports and may require any changes necessary to bring the feasibility study work into conformance with the feasibility study authorized.
The feasibility study may be modified if data obtained during the study reveal that an original requirement is unnecessary or that additional information is necessary.
The final report shall be submitted in triplicate to the department within 30 days following completion of study unless otherwise agreed to by the department. A feasibility study will be certified as completed if it has met the requirements specified by the department.
NR 60.03 History
Cr. Register, February, 1979, No. 278
, eff. 3-1-79;
correction in (3) (b) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register April 2013 No. 688.
NR 60.04 Financial assistance for feasibility study. NR 60.04(1)(1)
Application for financial assistance.
Districts must file application for financial assistance for a feasibility study by March 15. The application must be on forms provided by the department. Completed applications shall be mailed to the Office of Inland Lake Renewal, Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707.
The department shall notify the district of its decision to grant or deny aid for feasibility study by April 1. Priority for and amount of aid granted will be determined in accordance with the procedure in sub. (3)
. If aid is denied, the department shall indicate in writing the reasons for denial.
A district requesting financial assistance shall accept or reject a grant offer within 30 days after being notified of the offer by the department.
(3) Priority and amount of grant.
The priority for receiving assistance, and the amount of assistance, for feasibility studies covered by these rules shall be determined according to the following provisions:
Any district may apply for financial assistance to undertake a feasibility study of a public inland lake wholly or partly within its boundaries. When financial assistance applications exceed funds available, applications will be ranked by the department based on adequacy of public access, including public lands and beaches; potential nonriparian use; degree of local commitment, and other factors considered relevant by the department. Feasibility study grants will be made in the order of ranking and the number will be limited by the funds available.
(b) Grant amount.
Grant awards made under this section will be on a 60% state-40% local cost-sharing basis. The grant award shall be based on the lowest bid received, unless the district disqualifies such bidder(s) as being not responsive or responsible and so notifies the department. The department may require proof that annual meeting approval has been obtained whenever the district's share of a feasibility study cost, exclusive of nonmonetary contributions, will exceed $5,000.
(c) Nonmonetary contributions.
The district may apply nonmonetary contributions toward its share of study costs. To qualify for such credit, the district must provide the department with a copy of the contract with the successful bidder specifying the nonmonetary value of the contributions and the work to be performed, and properly account for such contributions pursuant to s. NR 60.11 (4) (b)
(4) Grant agreement.
The grant agreement shall contain the following provisions:
Distribution of the aid shall be made in 4 installments. An initial installment of 10% of the grant offer shall be paid into a fund established by the district within 20 days after completion of a grant agreement. Payments representing 20% of the grant offer shall be made after receipt and approval by the department of each of the first 2 quarterly reports. The remainder of the grant will be paid after receipt and approval of the final feasibility study report required by s. NR 60.03 (4) (d)
and any required audits.