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Register April 2005 No. 592
Chapter NR 330
WARNING SIGNS AND PORTAGES FOR DAMS
NR 330.01   Purpose.
NR 330.02   Definitions.
NR 330.03   Procedure for determining those dams requiring warning signs, portages and portage signs.
NR 330.04   Devices and portage standards.
NR 330.05   Signs and devices specifications.
NR 330.06   Dams not inspected pursuant to s. NR 330.03.
NR 330.07   Scenic and historic dams.
NR 330.08   Severability and construction.
Ch. NR 330 Note Note: Chapter NR 330 was created as an emergency rule effective May 15, 1979.
NR 330.01 NR 330.01Purpose.
NR 330.01(1) (1) This chapter establishes procedures and criteria for use in evaluating:
NR 330.01(1)(a) (a) Boating use in the vicinity of dams;
NR 330.01(1)(b) (b) Boating safety hazards around dams;
NR 330.01(1)(c) (c) Boat portaging activity around dams; and
NR 330.01(1)(d) (d) Signs, devices and/or portage facilities installed or proposed to be installed by dam owners.
NR 330.01(2) (2) Minimum navigation aids including signs or devices are established.
NR 330.01(3) (3) Minimum standards and specifications are established for:
NR 330.01(3)(a) (a) Uniform navigation aid symbols;
NR 330.01(3)(b) (b) Words and symbols used on signs;
NR 330.01(3)(c) (c) Size of signs and devices, borders and lettering;
NR 330.01(3)(d) (d) Colors for sign background, borders and lettering; and
NR 330.01(3)(e) (e) Portages around dams.
NR 330.01 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1979, No. 287, eff. 12-1-79.
NR 330.02 NR 330.02Definitions.
NR 330.02(1) (1) “ Current" means the velocity of flowing water.
NR 330.02(2) (2) “Dam" means any artificial barrier, together with appurtenant works, which does or may impound or divert water.
NR 330.02(3) (3) “Department" means the department of natural resources.
NR 330.02(4) (4) “Gated spillway" means a variably regulated opening in a dam through or over which water is conveyed past the dam.
NR 330.02(5) (5) “Portage" means an overland route for manually carrying boats and supplies around dams.
NR 330.02(6) (6) “Open spillway" means the overflow section of a dam conveying water flow over the dam.
NR 330.02(7) (7) “Uniform aids to navigation" means a system of navigation aids prescribed by the U.S. coast guard and approved by the advisory panel or state officials to the merchant marine council, U. S. coast guard and as contained in s. NR 5.09.
NR 330.02 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1979, No. 287, eff. 12-1-79.
NR 330.03 NR 330.03Procedure for determining those dams requiring warning signs, portages and portage signs.
NR 330.03(1)(1) The department shall conduct an inspection of all dams on navigable streams with the owner of the dam or the owner's agent to determine the following:
NR 330.03(1)(a) (a) Navigation near the dam or portaging around the dam;
NR 330.03(1)(b) (b) The nature and extent of navigation hazards that exist at the dam;
NR 330.03(1)(c) (c) The need for signs and/or devices to provide warnings and information for boaters;
NR 330.03(1)(d) (d) The need for a portage around the dam for boaters;
NR 330.03(1)(e) (e) Specification of signs and devices as needed to provide warnings and information for boaters;
NR 330.03(1)(f) (f) Specification of a portage and directions, as needed for boaters to use in gaining a safe portage around the dam; and
NR 330.03(1)(g) (g) The period of time during each year during which the signs and devices must be in place.
NR 330.03(2) (2) The federal energy regulatory commission shall be notified of the time and date of the inspection for each of the dams regulated by that agency. Members of the public interested in the signing and portage requirements for specific dams shall be notified of the time and date of the inspection for such dams, if they have filed in writing with the department a request for such notification and the specific dam or dams in which they are interested.
NR 330.03(3) (3) After the inspections, the department shall issue an order with completion date to the owner of the dam specifying:
NR 330.03(3)(a) (a) Warning signs and devices required at the dam; and
NR 330.03(3)(b) (b) Portage requirements and signs at the dam.
NR 330.03(4) (4) As soon as practicable after the completion date set forth in the order, the department shall conduct a follow-up inspection to determine compliance with the order. If the order has been satisfied, the department shall confirm this fact in writing to the owner of the dam. Failure of the dam owner to comply with the order shall be grounds for an appropriate enforcement action.
NR 330.03(5) (5) Decisions made under this section and s. NR 330.06 may be reviewed pursuant to the provisions of ch. 227, Stats.
NR 330.03 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1979, No. 287, eff. 12-1-79.
NR 330.04 NR 330.04Devices and portage standards.
NR 330.04(1) (1) Standards for signs and devices required by these rules shall conform to the waterway marking system set forth in s. NR 5.09.
NR 330.04(1)(a) (a) Placement.
NR 330.04(1)(a)1.1. Signs or devices advising boaters of a dam. These signs and devices shall be legible a minimum of 300 feet upstream from the dam.
NR 330.04(1)(a)2. 2. Signs or devices shall be placed downstream of gated spillways and/or powerhouses to advise boaters of potentially dangerous, rapidly changing currents. Placement sites may be on the dam, powerhouse, shore or proximate boat landings. These signs and devices shall be legible a minimum of 300 feet downstream from the dam.
NR 330.04(1)(a)3. 3. The department may order the installation of suitable warning devices to be used at remote operated, gated spillways during the opening and closing of the gates.
NR 330.04(1)(a)4. 4. Portage information signs shall be placed at the portage takeout points and at such intervals as are necessary to provide adequate information to anyone portaging the dam.
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