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Register February 2012 No. 674
Chapter NR 199
NR 199.01   Purpose.
NR 199.02   Applicability.
NR 199.03   Definitions.
NR 199.04   General provisions.
NR 199.05   Eligible and ineligible project activities.
NR 199.06   Applications.
NR 199.07   Determination of project eligibility.
NR 199.08   Eligible and ineligible costs.
NR 199.09   Grant awards and payment.
NR 199.10   Grant awards for acquisition of property.
NR 199.11   Variances.
NR 199.01 NR 199.01Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to establish procedures for implementing a municipal flood control and riparian restoration grant program as provided for in s. 281.665, Stats. Grants made under this program will help local governments minimize flooding and flood-related damages by acquiring property, floodproofing structures, creating open-space flood storage areas, constructing flood control structures and restoring the flood-carrying capacity and natural and beneficial functions of watercourses. Projects eligible under this program shall minimize harm to existing beneficial functions of water bodies and wetlands, maintain natural aquatic and riparian environments, use stormwater detention and retention structures and natural storage to the greatest extent possible and provide opportunities for public access to water bodies and to the floodplain.
NR 199.01 History History: CR 01-014: Cr. Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01.
NR 199.02 NR 199.02Applicability.
NR 199.02(1) (1) This chapter applies to all cities, villages, towns and metropolitan sewerage districts applying for financial assistance under s. 281.665, Stats., for a grant under this chapter.
NR 199.02(2) (2) Watercourses eligible for grants include any river, lake, flowage, wetlands or stormwater channel.
NR 199.02 History History: CR 01-014: Cr. Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01.
NR 199.03 NR 199.03Definitions. In this chapter:
NR 199.03(1) (1) “Acquisition cost" means the fair market value of the property, as determined by department appraisal guidelines, and reasonable costs related to the purchase of the property that are limited to the cost of appraisals, land surveys, relocation payments, title evidence, recording fees, historical and cultural assessments required by the department and environmental inspections. It does not include attorneys fees, environmental clean up costs, brokerage fees paid by the buyer, real estate transfer taxes or any other cost not identified in this subsection.
NR 199.03(2) (2) “Agricultural use" has the meaning given in s. 30.40 (1), Stats.
NR 199.03(3) (3) “Applicant" means the township, village, city or metropolitan sewerage district that applies for a grant under this chapter.
NR 199.03(4) (4) “Conservation easement" has the meaning given in s. 700.40 (1) (a), Stats.
NR 199.03(5) (5) “Department" means the Wisconsin department of natural resources.
NR 199.03(6) (6) “Development" means any artificial change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to the construction or placement of buildings or other structures; the construction of additions or substantial improvement to buildings or other structures; mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations; and the storage, deposition or extraction of materials.
NR 199.03(7) (7) “Flowage easement" means a holder's nonpossessory interest in real property granting the holder the right to flow the grantor's lands for flood storage or natural riverine hydrologic cycles.
NR 199.03(8) (8) “Force account" means the performance of a development project with the resources of the grant recipient, including personnel services, equipment and materials.
NR 199.03(9) (9) “Grant period" means the time period stated in the grant agreement during which the grant recipient is eligible to expend funds for a project and be reimbursed for those expenditures.
NR 199.03(10) (10) “Grant recipient" means the township, village, city or metropolitan sewerage district that has received a grant under this chapter.
NR 199.03(11) (11) “Land management plan" means a plan approved by the department detailing how lands acquired with grants under this chapter shall be managed and maintained.
NR 199.03(12) (12) “Local share" means that portion of the project costs that is not funded by the department.
NR 199.03(12m) (12m) “Metropolitan sewerage district" means a sewerage district created under ss. 200.01 to 200.15 or 200.21 to 200.65, Stats.
NR 199.03(13) (13) “Mitigation" means implementing specific activities to remove structures from flood hazard areas or to protect structures from flooding.
NR 199.03(14) (14) “Parcel" means one contiguous block of land under a single ownership.
NR 199.03(15) (15) “Project priority list" means a ranking by the department of municipal flood control or riparian restoration projects in the order of their scheduled receipt of funds.
NR 199.03(16) (16) “Property acquisition" means fee title ownership or an easement in perpetuity in the land.
NR 199.03(17) (17) “Repetitive loss structure" means any structure with 2 or more flood losses, each greater than $1,000, in any 10 year period since 1978.
NR 199.03(18) (18) “Riparian restoration project" means eligible activities which will restore or enhance the natural beneficial uses and value of a watercourse.
NR 199.03(19) (19) “Structure" means any manmade object with form, shape and utility, either permanently or temporarily attached to, placed upon or set into the ground, stream bed or lake bed, including, but not limited to, buildings, storage tanks, bridges, dams, channels and culverts.
NR 199.03(20) (20) “Substantial damage" means flood damages to any structure that equal or exceeds 50% of the present equalized assessed value of the structure.
NR 199.03 History History: CR 01-014: Cr. Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01.
NR 199.04 NR 199.04General provisions.
NR 199.04(1) (1) The applicant shall submit with each application preliminary and detailed designs for each project to the department for review and approval.
NR 199.04(2) (2) The grant recipient shall submit to the department an annual status report and a final project report that is suitable for use by the general public.
NR 199.04(3) (3) The grant recipient shall perform all required water tests and other analyses at a department-approved laboratory.
NR 199.04(4) (4) For projects utilizing physical, biological or chemical data, the department may require the grant recipient to implement a quality control and quality assurance plan approved by the department. The department shall approve all methods and procedures to be used in the project.
NR 199.04(5) (5) The grant recipient shall submit to the department, in a format specified by the department, all data and information acquired as part of the project.
NR 199.04(6) (6) If the project has not been satisfactorily completed per the grant agreement, the department may withhold further grant funds and may seek reimbursement of the state share distributed to the grant recipient.
NR 199.04(7) (7) Any property acquired through either fee simple title or purchase of an easement in perpetuity shall be maintained as a permanent open-space use. The grant recipient shall record this condition as a permanent deed restriction when the property acquisition occurs.
NR 199.04 History History: CR 01-014: Cr. Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01.
NR 199.05 NR 199.05Eligible and ineligible project activities.
NR 199.05(1)(1)Eligible activities. The following activities, in priority order, are eligible for funding under this section:
NR 199.05(1)(a) (a) Acquisition and removal of structures which, due to zoning restrictions, cannot be rebuilt or repaired.
NR 199.05(1)(b) (b) Acquisition and removal of structures in the 100-year floodplain.
NR 199.05(1)(c) (c) Acquisition and removal of repetitive loss or substantially damaged structures.
NR 199.05(1)(d) (d) Acquisition and removal of other flood damaged structures.
NR 199.05(1)(e) (e) Floodproofing and elevation of structures.
NR 199.05(1)(f) (f) Riparian restoration projects, including removal of dams and other artificial obstructions, restoration of fish and native plant habitat, erosion control and streambank restoration projects.
NR 199.05(1)(g) (g) Acquisition of vacant land, or perpetual conservation or flowage easements to provide additional flood storage or to facilitate natural or more efficient flood flows.
NR 199.05(1)(h) (h) Construction of structures for the collection, detention, retention, storage and transmission of stormwater and groundwater for flood control and riparian restoration projects.
NR 199.05(1)(i) (i) Preparation of flood insurance studies and other flood mapping projects.
NR 199.05(2) (2)Ineligible activities. The following activities are not eligible for funding under this chapter:
NR 199.05(2)(a) (a) Dam repair and operation.
NR 199.05(2)(b) (b) Design, installation, operation or maintenance of sanitary sewers, treatment plants or onsite sewerage systems.
NR 199.05(2)(c) (c) Projects which would adversely affect a watercourse by causing increases in flood heights, velocities, sedimentation or erosion, reducing the amount or complexity of fish and wildlife habitat, reducing natural shore cover, or restricting navigation, or any other negative impact, except temporary impacts caused by dam removal or other approved restoration activities.
NR 199.05(2)(d) (d) Projects which would dredge or channelize a stream or line a natural streambed with impervious materials.
NR 199.05(2)(e) (e) Projects which conflict with land use, watershed or other resource management plans.
NR 199.05(2)(f) (f) Projects or applicants which are not compliant with minimum state floodplain management requirements, as enumerated in ch. NR 116, or with minimum national flood insurance program requirements, as enumerated in 44 CFR Parts 59-78.
NR 199.05(2)(g) (g) Creation or enhancement of stormwater management plans.
NR 199.05(2)(h) (h) Projects for the purchase, installation or operation of mechanical pumping systems.
NR 199.05 History History: CR 01-014: Cr. Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 11-1-01.
NR 199.06 NR 199.06Applications.
NR 199.06(1) (1) An applicant shall apply for funding of projects on forms provided by the DNR bureau of community financial assistance and shall submit the application to the DNR bureau of watershed management, both located at PO Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921.
NR 199.06(2) (2) The department shall review the application for completeness and may return the application with a request for more detailed information. The application is not complete until the department receives all requested information.
NR 199.06(3) (3) To be eligible for grant awards, project applications shall be complete and received by the department, or postmarked, by July 15 for funding in the same fiscal year. The department shall publish the project priority list for funding by October 1 of each calendar year.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.