Subchapter III — County Lake Grants
Subchapter IV — Surface Water Management
Surface water management grants.
Eligibility for a management plan implementation project.
Subchapter V — Aquatic Invasive Species Control
Subchapter VI — Lake Monitoring and Protection Network
Eligible network cooperators.
Establishing the network.
Subchapter VII — Land Acquisition
Eligible and ineligible projects.
Grantee acquisition match.
General grant conditions when land is acquired under this subchapter.
Additional conditions for conservation easements.
Grant agreements for acquisition projects.
Purpose and authority.
This chapter establishes procedures for awarding cost-sharing grants to public and private entities to protect and improve the waters of Wisconsin. Rules under this chapter outline grant programs supporting aquatic invasive species control and prevention as provided for in s. 23.22 (2) (c)
Stats., lake management planning as provided for in s. 281.68
, Stats., lake management and lake classification pursuant to s. 281.69
, Stats., river planning and management as provided for in s. 281.70
, Stats., and a lake monitoring and protection contract program pursuant to s. 281.68 (3) (bg)
NR 193.01 History
History: CR 19-078
: cr. Register May 2020 No. 773
, eff. 6-1-20.
This chapter outlines a grant program that provides financial assistance for surface water planning and management projects benefitting the waters of Wisconsin. Eligible grant recipients include counties, cities, towns, villages, and other local governmental units; tribal governing bodies; town sanitary districts; public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts; nonprofit conservation organizations; qualified surface water management organizations; qualified school districts; accredited colleges; accredited universities and technical schools; qualified lake associations; qualified river management organizations; natural resource agencies; and other substantially similar organizations. Substantially similar organizations seeking eligibility for grants awarded under this chapter shall submit a request for a determination of eligibility on a form designated by the department.
Grants awarded under this chapter may be used for education, planning and management projects conducted for the benefit of surface water or aquatic ecosystems. Lake protection funding is available for projects benefitting lakes and lake ecosystems. Lake management grants that include natural resource enhancement services are available for projects benefitting public inland lakes. River protection funding is available for activities benefitting rivers and riverine ecosystems. Aquatic invasive species control funding is available for aquatic invasive species projects conducted on surface waters of the state, including lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and the Great Lakes.
These general provisions apply to grants awarded under this chapter. Subchapters VI
will use the he general provisions contained in this subchapter, unless indicated otherwise in subchs. VI
NR 193.02 Note
Note: Applicants may wish to review the Surface Water Grant Program Guidance available on the Surface Water Grant Program website.
NR 193.02 History
History: CR 19-078
: cr. Register May 2020 No. 773
, eff. 6-1-20; correction in (3) made under s. 35.17
, Stats., Register May 2020 No. 773
In this chapter:
Acquisition costs” means the fair market value of the property, as determined by department appraisal guidelines, and reasonable costs related to the purchase of the property limited to the costs of appraisals, legal fees associated with closing up to a maximum DNR cost share of $1,000, costs of land surveys, title and gap insurance costs, title company closing costs, recording fees, costs of historical and cultural assessments required by the department, costs of environmental inspections, audit costs, and baseline documentation costs required for conservation easements. “Acquisition costs” does not include environmental clean-up costs, brokerage fees paid by the buyer, real estate transfer taxes or any other costs not identified in this subsection.
Aquatic ecosystem” means a lake ecosystem or riverine ecosystem.
Aquatic invasive species” means organisms, eggs, larvae, seeds, fragments, propagules, and any other viable life stage of a non-indigenous water or wetland-dwelling organism, including hybrids, cultivars, subspecific taxa, or genetically modified variants, whose introduction is likely to cause adverse economic, recreational, environmental or human health effects.
NR 193.03 Note
Some aquatic invasive species are legally identified, classified, and regulated under ch. NR 40
and s. NR 109.07
Aquatic invasive species control” means to remove, cut and remove, destroy, suppress, or otherwise prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species.
Aquatic life” means aquatic plants, aquatic algae, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic or semi-aquatic vertebrates, or other aquatic organisms or their habitats.
Capital asset” means a long-term item having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or greater. “Capital asset” includes customized equipment where the sum of the components is equal to or in excess of $5,000.
Cost containment” means the process of managing the expenses required to complete a project within pre-planned budgetary constraints.
Department” means the Wisconsin department of natural resources.
DNR cost share” means the percent of a project's total cost paid for with grant funds awarded under this chapter.
Enhancement” means activities conducted to increase one or more beneficial functional values or services of an aquatic ecosystem.
Equipment” means long-term items having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of less than $5,000.
Final payment” means the last reimbursement issued by the department to the grantee for a grant awarded under this chapter after the project has been completed in accordance with the grant agreement and to the satisfaction of the department.
Grant advance” means the portion of the grant award paid to the grantee after returning a signed grant agreement and prior to project implementation.
Grant agreement” means a contract between the grantee and the department detailing the project scope, grant award, grant period, DNR cost share, project products, reimbursement process, and conditions that restrict actions of the grantee during the life of the project and during the operation and maintenance phase once the final payment has been issued by the department.
Grant award” means the dollar amount awarded to the grantee by the department and available to the grantee for reimbursement of eligible project costs.
Grantee” means an eligible organization or person that is awarded a grant or contract from the department under this chapter.
Grantee match” means the dollar amount of the eligible project cost not funded with a grant administered by the department.
Grant period” means the time period stated in the grant agreement during which the grantee may expend funds for the project.
Lake” means all or a portion of a lentic body of water, including lakes, ponds, millponds, pools, impoundments, reservoirs and flowages, that is within the boundaries of the state.
Lake ecosystem” means the lake and all streams, channels, wetlands, groundwater, and lands in the watershed and the terrestrial and aquatic life therein.
Littoral area” means the light-rich shallow-water zone of a lake extending from the ordinary high water mark to the greatest depth capable of supporting submersed aquatic plants.
Management plan” means a written document that explores management challenges and defines management goals and that provides strategic direction for selecting project activities to accomplish them.
NR 193.03 Note
Note: Examples of management goals include preventing pollution, protecting surface water quality, protecting the quality of aquatic ecosystems, improving surface water quality, and improving the quality of aquatic ecosystems.
Ordinary high water mark” means the point on the bank or shore up to which the presence and action of surface water is so continuous as to leave a distinctive mark such as by erosion, destruction or inhibition of terrestrial vegetation, predominance of aquatic vegetation, or other easily recognized characteristics. Where the bank or shore at any particular place is of such character that it is difficult or impossible to ascertain where the point of ordinary high water mark is, the opposite bank of a stream or other reference locations on the shore of a lake or flowage may be used as an alternative point of reference to determine the ordinary high water mark.
Partial payment” means reimbursement of eligible project expenses requested by the grantee after any grant advance has been expended on eligible projects costs, including the grantee match for the grant advance, and prior to completion of the project.
Program-approved protocol” means a method or protocol designed to accomplish certain project activities, including monitoring, modelling, assessment, protection, or restoration, that is approved by the department for use in a project funded by a grant awarded under this chapter.
Project” means the practices or activities supported in part by grant funds awarded under this chapter.
Project scope” means the part of the grant agreement that succinctly describes the extent or range of what the project will accomplish.
Public inland lake” means a lake, reservoir, flowage, millpond, or portion thereof that is within the boundaries of the state and that is presently accessible to the public by contiguous public lands or easements giving public access.
Public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district” means a district authorized under s. 33.21
Public waterbody” means any
lake, pond, stream, creek, drainage way, waterway, wetland, or other area where water naturally flows or drains, or any portion thereof, that is open to the public for swimming, paddling, canoeing, kayaking, motorized boating, windsailing, fishing, ice fishing, aesthetic enjoyment or other use.
Qualified lake association” means a lake association that meets the qualifications under s. 281.68 (3m)
, Stats., and that charges an annual membership fee of not less than $5 and not more than $50.
Qualified river management organization” means a nonprofit corporation, as defined in s. 181.0103 (17)
, Stats., or a chapter or legal affiliate of a nationally recognized nonprofit organization registered in another state, that meets all of the following conditions:
The organization specifies in its articles of incorporation or bylaws that a substantial purpose of its being incorporated is to support the protection or improvement of one or more rivers or riverine ecosystems for the benefit of the general public or demonstrates that the substantial purpose of its recent past actions was to support the protection or improvement of one or more rivers for the benefit of the general public.