The Department has proposed a new process to provide for more opportunities for the public to give input on key natural resources decisions and to standardize the Department’s process for developing guidance. The policy is intended “to promote participation and transparency.”

Under the proposed process, new draft guidance documents will be available on the DNR website. There would then be a period during which affected stakeholders would then have 21 days to be able to submit comments on the proposed guidance. Comments on this guidance are due on March 22, 2013. You can also sign up for an email alert when the Department has posted new guidance.

The proposed guidance can be found at:

Also, the Department has proposed its long awaited guidance on TMDL implementation. This can be found at: Look for a summary of the guidance on this blog in the near future. Comments are due on March 22, 2013.

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