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Natural Resources Board August agenda updated at request of southern Wisconsin congressmen
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The August meeting of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will take place at AmericInn, 3009 Lakeshore Drive E, Ashland, Wisconsin 54806 on Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

The agenda was updated to change the deadline to register to provide written comments or to appear in person from Sunday, July 17 to Friday, July 29.

The agenda was updated again on Tuesday, July 19, per the request of Sen. Howard Marklein, 17th Senate District, Rep. Travis Tranel, 49th Assembly District, Rep. Todd Novak, 51st Assembly District, Rep. Lee Nerison, 96th Assembly District, and Rep. Ed Brooks, 50th Assembly District, who wrote and co-signed a letter to the chair of the Natural Resources Board, Terry Hilgenberg.

In the letter, the congressman pointed out residents of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway would be required to travel approximately 273 miles for a minimum of five hours – one way – to provide in-person input on the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Master Plan agenda item. They asked that the plan be rescheduled for the October meeting of the board scheduled to take place in Madison.

In response the Natural Resources Board amended their agenda to  allow for remote in-person citizen testimony at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF-2), 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, in room G09.

The agenda was also amended to add item 2B7, which is a land acquisition in the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area in Dunn County.

The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

 Among items that will be taken up by the board are some where citizen input is allowed.

The board will request approval of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Master Plan, and citizen testimony and written comments are welcome.

The board will also request approval of the Statement of Scope for Board Order WT-15-16 and conditionally approve the public hearing notice and notice of submittal of proposed rules to Legislative Rules Clearinghouse for proposed rules affecting chapter NR 151 and NR 243 related to runoff management and non-point source performance standards and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) rule revisions to incorporate by reference those performance standards

The board will also consider information items which allow for written comments only, among which will be the Industrial Sand Mining Strategic Analysis update.

The public is welcome to attend a Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting. The NRB also provides opportunities for citizens to testify and to submit written comment about issues that come before the NRB.

Board Meetings are now webcast live. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.

Please contact Laurie Ross, NRB Liaison, at 608-267-7420 or by email at with NRB related questions, to request information, to submit written comments, to register to attend a Board tour, and to register to testify at a meeting or listening session.