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DNR to Hold Public Hearing on NR 151 Revisions
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/06/2017

The public will soon have a chance to offer input on new rule changes that govern the spreading of manure on soils in certain sensitive areas of the state. On September 15, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus to discuss revisions to NR 151, which is the 2011 law aimed at keeping lakes and streams cleaner by controlling phosphorus and run-off pollution.

DNR officials say some of the proposed changes may be based on recommendations in the Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup final report, which was issued in June of last year.

The informational meeting will start at noon, with a public hearing to follow at 1:00 p.m. The event will also be broadcast at the same time in Madison at the Wisconsin Natural Resource main office.

The public is invited to attend and provide oral and written comments on NR 151 rule changes at each location. Wisconsin residents may also submit written comments on the proposed rule changes by October 4.

Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to put in place an adaptive management approach that promotes cooperation among point and non-point pollution sources to find the most cost-effective means to reduce phosphorus and other pollutants on individual watersheds.

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