Statement of Scope
Department of Natural Resources
Rule No.:
Relating to:
Revisions to NR 154 Best Management Practices and Cost Share Rates
Rule Type:
1. Finding/nature of emergency (Emergency Rule only):
This will be a permanent rule.
2. Detailed description of the objective of the proposed rule:
Chapter NR 154, Wisconsin Administrative Code, identifies the agricultural and urban best management practices (BMPs) that can be funded under the Notice of Discharge, Targeted Runoff Management, Urban Construction and Urban Planning grant programs as specified in chs. NR 153 and NR 155, Wis. Adm. Code. In addition, ch. NR 154 identifies cost share conditions for BMPs available for funding and the grant programs identified above. This rule is part of the state’s nonpoint source abatement program that is jointly administered by the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). For agricultural BMPs, ch. NR 154 directly cross-references ch. ATCP 50, Wis. Adm. Code, that was recently updated and finalized in 2014. The primary purpose of the proposed rule change is to make ch. NR 154 consistent with the recent updates to ch. ATCP 50 for agricultural BMPs, cost-share rates, and other areas to ensure programic consistency. The Department may evaluate the need to reference additional technical standards that may have been updated since the ch. ATCP 50 revisisions. In addition, the Department is proposing to review, update and add urban BMPs identified in ch. NR 154 for consistency with state technical standards. The Department, rather than DATCP, maintains technical standards associated with urban BMPs; and since September 2002 when ch. NR 154 became effective, a number of new technical standards have been developed and are now available to use but are not identified as cost-sharable practices in ch. NR 154. The Department plans to review and update other aspects of ch. NR 154 to ensure consistency with chs. NR 151, NR 153 and NR 155, all of which were recently updated and finalized in 2011, including: economic hardship determinations, cost-share caps for certain BMPs, and other eligibility requirements. Additional housekeeping changes may be made that are reasonably related to the issues specifically mentioned.
3. Description of the existing policies relevant to the rule, new policies proposed to be included in the rule, and an analysis of policy alternatives:
The rule cross references ch. ATCP 50 for all agricultural BMPs that, in turn, are tied to USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service technical standards for Wisconsin. In order to maintain consistency with the state’s nonpoint source abatement programs outlined in chs. 92 and 281, Wis. Stats., these cross-references need to be updated.
4. Detailed explanation of statutory authority for the rule (including the statutory citation and language):
s. 281.65 (1) (c), (4) (e), (8a), (8gm), (8n), (8o), Wis. Stats., provides authority for the department to promulage rules regarding agricultural nonpoint source standards, specifications, and BMPs eligible for cost-sharing.
s. 281.66 (4) (c), Wis. Stats., provides authority for the department to promulage rules regarding urban nonpoint source and storm water management standards, specifications and BMPs eligible for cost-sharing.
s. 281.16 (2) (b), Wis. Stats., states that the department shall promulgate rules that specify a process for the development and dissemination of technical standards to implement the urban performance standards.
s. 281.16 (3) (e), Wis. Stats., states that the department shall promulgate criteria for determining whether cost sharing is available under Wis. Stat. s. 281.65.
5. Estimate of amount of time that state employees will spend developing the rule and of other resources necessary to develop the rule:
It is anticpated that the total staff time needed to revise ch. NR 154 would be approximately 500 hours including meetings, drafting documents, public hearings and other steps in the promulgation process.
6. List with description of all entities that may be affected by the proposed rule:
Revisions to ch. NR 154 may affect the following entities as it relates to participation in the department’s agricultural and urban nonpoint source grant programs:
Governmental units including, but not limited to, a county, city, village, town, metropolotian sewerage district, town sanitary district, public inland land protection and rehabilitiation district, regional planning commisstion or drainage district. Rule revisions will provide clarity and consistency with ch. ATCP 50 and department programs for cost-sharing BMPs and eligibility conditions in accordance with applicable technical standards.
Agricultural crop and livestock producers. Rule revisions will identify additional cost-sharable agricultural BMPs and technical standards and clarify eligibility conditions with the state agricultural performance standards and prohibitions outlined in ch. NR 151.
Urban businesses and residents. Rule revisions will provide clarity and consistency with cost-sharable urban BMPs and clarify eligilility conditions with state urban performance standards outlined in ch. NR 151.
Private consulting firms. Rule revisions will provide additional clarity and consistency regarding cost-shareable best management practices for application under the department’s nonpoint source program grants.
7. Summary and preliminary comparison with any existing or proposed federal regulation that is intended to address the activities to be regulated by the proposed rule:
There are no comprobable existing or proposed federal regulations related to ch. NR 154.
Links to Admin. Code and Statutes in this Register are to current versions, which may not be the version that was referred to in the original published document.