281.65(4)(g)8.d. d. A requirement to review the implementation plan periodically and to modify the implementation plan to reflect the agreements entered into by landowners and operators to implement best management practices.
281.65(4)(g)8.e. e. Provisions for public notice and education concerning the implementation plan in the period during which grants are available to governmental units and landowners and operators, in order to achieve the greatest level of voluntary participation.
281.65(4)(g)9. 9. Complete the planning process in all priority watersheds by December 31, 2015.
281.65(4)(h) (h) Designate a governmental unit to perform the inventory required under sub. (4m) (a).
281.65(4)(i) (i) Cooperate with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection under s. 92.14 (6).
281.65(4)(k) (k) Before public debt is contracted for projects under this section, prepare a plan for the expenditure of the proceeds of that debt and submit the plan to the land and water conservation board.
281.65(4)(L) (L) Before September 1 of each year, in consultation with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, submit a budget report to the board that includes anticipated expenditures for projects under this section during the next year, criteria for ending projects under this section and, if anticipated expenditures exceed anticipated funding, a plan for reducing expenditures.
281.65(4)(o) (o) Annually, in cooperation with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, submit a report on the progress of the program under this section to the land and water conservation board.
281.65(4)(p) (p) Jointly with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, prepare the plan required under s. 92.14 (13). The department shall review and approve or disapprove the plan and shall notify the land and water conservation board of its final action on the plan. The department shall implement any part of the plan for which the plan gives it responsibility.
281.65(4)(pm) (pm) Jointly with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, develop the forms required and implement the process under s. 92.14 (14).
281.65(4)(q) (q) Include the report submitted under sub. (3) (b), along with a request for all resources and any changes necessary to implement each recommendation in the report, in the information that it submits to the department of administration under s. 16.42 for the program under this section.
281.65(4)(s) (s) Provide staff services to the land and water conservation board.
281.65(4c) (4c)
281.65(4c)(a)(a) A governmental unit may request funding under this subsection for a project that is in a priority watershed or priority lake area or a project that is not in a priority watershed or a priority lake area by submitting an application to the department. An application shall be submitted before July 15 to be considered for initial funding in the following year.
281.65(4c)(ae) (ae) The department shall administer this subsection in a manner that promotes the accelerated implementation of nonpoint source water pollution control that cannot be conducted with funding under s. 92.14 in target areas described in par. (am) 1. that are of the highest priority.
281.65(4c)(am) (am) The department may select a project for funding under this subsection only if all of the following apply:
281.65(4c)(am)1. 1. The project will implement nonpoint source pollution control in an area that is a target area based on any of the following:
281.65(4c)(am)1.a. a. The need for compliance with performance standards established by the department under s. 281.16 (2) and (3).
281.65(4c)(am)1.b. b. The existence of impaired water bodies that the department has identified to the federal environmental protection agency under 33 USC 1313 (d) (1) (A).
281.65(4c)(am)1.c. c. The existence of outstanding or exceptional resource waters, as designated by the department under s. 281.15.
281.65(4c)(am)1.d. d. The existence of threats to public health.
281.65(4c)(am)1.e. e. The existence of an animal feeding operation that has received a notice of discharge under ch. 283 or a notice of intent to issue a notice of discharge.
281.65(4c)(am)1.f. f. Other water quality concerns of national or statewide importance.
281.65(4c)(am)2. 2. The department, in consultation with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, determines that funding provided under s. 92.14 is insufficient to fund the project.
281.65(4c)(am)3. 3. The project is consistent with priorities identified by the department on a watershed or other geographic basis.
281.65(4c)(am)4. 4. The project is consistent with approved land and water resource management plans under s. 92.10.
281.65(4c)(am)5. 5. The application for the project specifies the watershed, subwatershed or specific site that will be served by the project.
281.65(4c)(b) (b) The department shall use the system under par. (d) to determine the score of each project for which it receives an application under par. (a) and shall inform the land and water conservation board of the scores no later than September 1 of each year.
281.65(4c)(c) (c) After determining project scores under par. (b), the department shall notify the land and water conservation board of the projects that the department proposes to select for funding in the following year. The board shall review the proposal and make recommendations to the department. Before November 1 of each year, the department shall select projects for funding under this subsection in the following year. To the extent practicable, within the requirements of this section, the department shall select projects so that projects are distributed evenly around this state.
281.65(4c)(d) (d) The department shall adopt a scoring system for ranking nonpoint source water pollution abatement projects for which applications are submitted under par. (a). The criteria on which the scoring system is based shall include all of the following:
281.65(4c)(d)1. 1. The extent to which the application proposes to use the cost-effective and appropriate best management practices to achieve water quality goals.
281.65(4c)(d)2. 2. The existence in the project area of an impaired water body that the department has identified to the federal environmental protection agency under 33 USC 1313 (d) (1) (A).
281.65(4c)(d)3. 3. The extent to which the project will result in the attainment of established water quality objectives.
281.65(4c)(d)4. 4. The local interest in and commitment to the project.
281.65(4c)(d)5. 5. The inclusion of a strategy to evaluate the progress toward reaching project goals, including the monitoring of water quality improvements resulting from project activities.
281.65(4c)(d)6. 6. The extent to which the application proposes to use available federal funding.
281.65(4c)(d)7. 7. The extent to which the project is necessary to enable the city of Racine to control storm water discharges as required under 33 USC 1342 (p).
281.65(4c)(f) (f) A project funded under this subsection may be conducted over a period of one to 3 years, except that the department may approve an extension for one year.
281.65 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 153, Wis. adm. code.
281.65(4e) (4e)
281.65(4e)(a)(a) A governmental unit may request funding under this subsection for a project to implement best management practices for animal waste management at an animal feeding operation for which the department has issued a notice of discharge under ch. 283 or a notice of intent to issue a notice of discharge.
281.65(4e)(b) (b) The department may grant a request under par. (a) if it determines that providing funding under this subsection is necessary to protect the waters of the state.
281.65(4e)(bm) (bm) The department may provide a cost-sharing grant under this subsection directly to a landowner, or to an operator of an animal feeding operation, for a project to implement best management practices for animal waste management at an animal feeding operation for which the department has issued a notice of discharge under ch. 283 or a notice of intent to issue a notice of discharge if the department determines that providing funding under this subsection is necessary to protect the waters of the state.
281.65(4e)(c) (c) Subsection (8) (d) does not apply to a grant under this subsection.
281.65(4g) (4g)The department may contract with any person from the appropriation account under s. 20.370 (9) (at) for services to administer or implement this section, including information and education and training services.
281.65(4m) (4m)
281.65(4m)(a)(a) Any governmental unit or regional planning commission designated by the department under sub. (4) (h) shall prepare an inventory of nonpoint source water pollution in the watershed which is the subject of the plan under sub. (4) (g) and submit the inventory to the department for incorporation into the plan.
281.65(4m)(b) (b) Every plan prepared for an area under sub. (4) (g) shall include all of the following:
281.65(4m)(b)1. 1. The inventory for that area prepared under par. (a).
281.65(4m)(b)2. 2. A water resource assessment of that area.
281.65(4m)(b)3. 3. The identification of critical surface water and groundwater protection management areas within that area and the agricultural and nonagricultural best management practices to be applied to that area.
281.65(4m)(b)4. 4. A plan implementation schedule developed in cooperation with the appropriate governmental unit or designated local management agency identified under sub. (4) (b).
281.65(4m)(b)5. 5. A grant disbursement and project management schedule.
281.65(4m)(b)6. 6. An integrated resource management strategy to protect or enhance fish and wildlife habitat, aesthetics and other natural resources.
281.65(4m)(b)7. 7. A comprehensive management strategy to manage agricultural and nonagricultural nonpoint source water pollution affecting surface water or groundwater, including animal waste, fertilizer, pesticides, storm water, construction site erosion and other nonpoint sources of water pollution.
281.65(4m)(c) (c) The department shall submit a copy of any plan it completes under this subsection to any county located in or containing any watershed which is a subject of the plan and to the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection. The department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall review the plan and notify the department of natural resources of its comments on the plan. A county receiving a plan under this subsection shall review the plan, approve or disapprove the plan and notify the department of natural resources of its action on the plan.
281.65(4m)(d) (d) After the department considers the comments of the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection on a plan under par. (c) and receives approval of the plan by every county to which it was sent and by the land and water conservation board, the department shall designate the plan to be an element of the appropriate areawide water quality management plan under P.L. 92-500, section 208.
281.65(5) (5)The department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall:
281.65(5)(b) (b) Prepare sections of the priority watershed or priority lake plan relating to farm-specific implementation schedules, requirements under s. 281.16 (3), animal waste management and selection of agriculturally related best management practices and submit those sections to the department for inclusion under sub. (4m) (b). The best management practices shall be cost-effective best management practices, as specified under sub. (4) (e), except in situations in which the use of a cost-effective best management practice will not contribute to water quality improvement or will cause a water body to continue to be impaired as identified to the federal environmental protection agency under 33 USC 1313 (d) (1) (A).
281.65(5)(d) (d) Develop a grant disbursement and project management schedule for agriculturally related best management practices to be included in a plan established under sub. (4) (g) and identify recommendations for implementing activities or projects under ss. 92.10 and 281.16 (3).
281.65(5)(e) (e) Identify areas within a priority watershed or priority lake area that are subject to activities required under s. 281.16 (3).
281.65(5)(f) (f) Provide implementation assistance as identified and approved in the priority watershed or priority lake plan under sub. (4) (g).
281.65(5m) (5m)Upon completion of plans by the department under sub. (4) (g), the governmental unit or regional planning commission under sub. (4m) and the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection under sub. (5), and upon receiving the approval of the land and water conservation board, the department shall prepare and approve the final plan for a priority watershed or priority lake.
281.65(5q) (5q)
281.65(5q)(a)(a) Notwithstanding sub. (5s), neither the department nor the land and water conservation board may extend funding under this section for a priority watershed or priority lake project beyond the funding termination date that was in effect for the priority watershed or priority lake project on January 1, 2001, except as provided in par. (b).
281.65(5q)(b) (b) The department may authorize funding to be provided to a landowner under a priority watershed or priority lake project for up to one year after the funding termination date under par. (a) for that project if the department determines that a delay in implementation of best management practices by the landowner was caused by conditions beyond the control of the landowner.
281.65(5s) (5s)The department may make modifications, including designating additional sites as critical sites, in a priority watershed or priority lake plan with the approval of every county to which the department sent the original plan under sub. (4m) (c) and of the land and water conservation board. If the owner or operator of a site prevails in a final review under sub. (7) or the site is not designated as a critical site in the original plan under sub. (5m) and the pollution is from an agricultural source and is not caused by animal waste, the department may not make a modification designating the site as a critical site unless the designation is based on a substantial increase in pollution from the site, on information about pollution from the site that was not available when the plan was prepared or on a substantial change to the criteria for designating a site as a critical site. This subsection applies to a priority watershed or priority lake plan completed before, on or after August 12, 1993.
281.65(5w) (5w)After the land and water conservation board approves a priority watershed or priority lake plan or a modification to such a plan that designates a site to be a critical site, the department shall notify the owner or operator of that site of the designation and of the provisions in sub. (7) and either s. 281.20 or, if the pollution is caused primarily by animal waste, ss. NR 243.21 to 243.26, Wis. adm. code.
281.65(5y) (5y)If the owner or operator of a critical site installs and maintains best management practices as provided under the priority watershed or priority lake plan, the site is no longer a critical site. The owner or operator may discontinue maintenance of a best management practice for a period during which the owner or operator changes the use of the site if the best management practice is not needed for the changed use.
281.65(6) (6)The appropriate governmental unit is responsible for local administration and implementation of priority watershed and priority lakes projects and shall:
281.65(6)(a) (a) Be responsible for coordination and implementation of activities necessary to achieve water quality objectives including the development of a detailed program for implementation.
281.65(6)(b) (b) Utilize, whenever possible, existing staff or contract with existing governmental agencies to utilize that agency's existing staff to provide various field, administrative, planning and other services.
281.65(6)(d) (d) Participate in the plan preparation under contract with the department. The department shall determine the specific plan components which will be prepared depending upon the technical, financial and staffing capability of the appropriate governmental unit.
281.65(7) (7)
281.65(7)(a)1.1. The owner or operator of a site designated as a critical site in a priority watershed or priority lake plan under sub. (5m) or in a modification to such a plan under sub. (5s) may request a review of that designation by filing a written request within 60 days after receiving notice under sub. (5w) with the land conservation committee of the county in which the site is located or, if the site is located in more than one county, with the land conservation committee of the county in which the largest portion of the site is located.
281.65(7)(a)2. 2. A county land conservation committee receiving a request under subd. 1. shall provide the owner or operator with a hearing and shall provide reasonable notice of the hearing to the owner or operator, the department and the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection. The county land conservation committee shall conduct the hearing under this subdivision as an informal hearing. Section 68.11 (2) does not apply to the hearing. The land conservation committee shall hold the hearing in a place convenient to the owner or operator. Within 60 days after the hearing, the department shall, and the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection may, submit a report and recommendation to the land conservation committee concerning the issues at the hearing. The land conservation committee may affirm or reverse the designation of the site as a critical site.
281.65(7)(b) (b) The owner or operator of a site designated as a critical site in a priority watershed or priority lake plan under sub. (5m) or in a modification to such a plan under sub. (5s) or the department of natural resources may obtain a review of the decision of a county land conservation committee under par. (a) 2. by filing a written request with the land and water conservation board within 60 days after receiving the decision of the county land conservation committee.
281.65(7)(c) (c) The owner or operator of a site designated as a critical site in a priority watershed or priority lake plan under sub. (5m) or in a modification to such a plan under sub. (5s) may request a contested case hearing under ch. 227 to review the decision of the land and water conservation board under par. (b) by filing a written request with the department within 60 days after receiving an adverse decision of the land and water conservation board.
281.65(7m) (7m)The state share of a grant for local administration under this section may not exceed 70 percent of the cost of the activities for which the grant is provided if the department first provides a grant to fund those activities after June 30, 1998.
281.65(8) (8)Eligibility for cost-sharing grants under this section shall be determined based on the following:
281.65(8)(a) (a) Governmental units and individual landowners or operators are eligible for cost-sharing grants.
281.65(8)(b) (b) Grants may be provided to applicants in priority watershed areas for projects in conformance with approved areawide water quality management plans.
281.65(8)(c) (c) Grants may be provided to applicants in nonpriority watersheds for projects which are in conformance with areawide water quality management plans and which conform to the purposes specified under sub. (1).
281.65(8)(cm) (cm) Grants may be provided to applicants for projects affecting priority lakes if the projects are in conformance with areawide water quality management plans and the purposes specified under sub. (1).
281.65(8)(d) (d) Each cost-sharing grant shall be approved by the designated management agency.
281.65(8)(e) (e) Grants may only be used for implementing best management practices. Grants for implementing best management practices may only be used for implementing cost-effective best management practices specified under sub. (4) (e) unless an applicant demonstrates that the use of a cost-effective best management practice will not contribute to water quality improvement or will cause a water body to continue to be impaired as identified to the federal environmental protection agency under 33 USC 1313 (d) (1) (A).
281.65(8)(f) (f) A cost-sharing grant shall equal the percentage of the cost of implementing the best management practice that is determined by the department in providing a cost-sharing grant under sub. (4e) (a) or by the governmental unit submitting the application under sub. (4c) (a) or (4e) (a) and is approved by the board, except that a cost-sharing grant may not exceed 70 percent of the cost of implementing the best management practice unless par. (gm) applies.
281.65(8)(gm) (gm) The department in providing a cost-sharing grant under sub. (4e) (a) or a governmental unit submitting the application under sub. (4c) (a) or (4e) (a) may exceed the limit under par. (f) in case of economic hardship, as defined by the department by rule. In providing a grant for a project to achieve compliance with a performance standard or prohibition established under s. 281.16 (3) (a), the department shall provide cost-sharing of 70 percent of the cost of compliance or 70 percent to 90 percent of the cost of compliance in case of economic hardship.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 50 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 6, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 6, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-6-19)