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Wisconsin DNR asking for public's input as it creates priorities for water quality standards

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 16:29:58-04

MADISON — The Wisconsin DNR is asking for the public's input to find out what the department should be focus on as it seeks to improve the quality of water in our state.

The department is required to host the public session, called the "Triennial Standards Review," under the Clean Water Act. It includes priorities scheduled over the next three years.

DNR officials explained in a release Tuesday that the topics discussed during the session will include "policies, rules and guidance related to designated uses, water quality criteria, antidegradation and variances."

Starting Tuesday, members of the public can submit possible priorities to the DNR relating to water quality standards. The DNR will then rank those proposals and share that ranking during a public webinar, which is expected to be available in the fall of 2020.

Only then will the DNR prepare a final list of items to work on over the next three years. The prioritized list is expected to be completed this winter.

Click here to learn more about the public session and submit your ideas regarding water quality in Wisconsin.

The Clean Water Act is the federal government's primary law that governs water pollution, first signed into law in 1972.

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