Public Input Sought on Water Quality Standards

Those watershed residents interested in the quality of water in Lake Wingra in particular, and the watershed in general. will want to participate in a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources water quality survey.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WIDNR) is seeking public input on water quality standards as part of its Triennial Standards Review (TSR) called for by the Clean Water Act.  Public input will be received between July 7 and August 25, 2011 through an on-line survey.

Lake Wingra, Dane County Wisconsin.

A press release from the DNR explains:

“In order to fulfill the Clean Water Act, Department staff undertake a review of water quality standards once every three years. The Triennial Standards Review (TSR) identifies Department and customer needs to modify, update, or create water quality standard-related rules, policy and guidance. This is not only a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act, but an essential component to ensuring that you all have input into our efforts to keep Wisconsin’s waters swimmable, fishable, drinkable and suitable for use by the public as well as Wisconsin’s private business-related interests. Thank you for your previous participation in this process.”

“The Department would now like to invite you or your organization to provide feedback on priorities for Wisconsin’s surface water quality standards and related guidance that may be considered for revision or development during the 2011 to 2014 TSR cycle. We would like to hear your perspective on where efforts should be focused to protect surface water quality in Wisconsin over the next three years. Public comments will be accepted between July 7 and August 25, 2011 through an online survey tool. The goal of the survey is to determine which surface water quality standards and guidance the public feels most strongly need to be reviewed or developed in the next three years. The Public Ranking Survey, Draft Prioritized Topic List, Topic Descriptions, and general instructions are available on the DNR website.

“Using feedback obtained from the survey – as well as rankings within the Department – staff will prepare a final list of topics for the 2011-2014 TSR cycle. Upon receiving approval of Department Administration, staff will use that resulting final priority list to plan its work over the ensuing three years addressing topics as resources allow. Topics that are not selected for the upcoming triennial cycle will be re-considered if resources allow or during the next TSR cycle.”

“Questions or comments on the Triennial Standards Review process should be directed to Amanda Boyce at or (608) 264-9223. Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback.”


About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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