Governing Law and Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Water Bureau of Watershed Management
DNR Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater
Underground Storage Tanks Department of Commerce (DCOMM)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) North Central Division
Corps St. Paul District Office
DNR District Offices Local zoning commissions
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wisconsin's water pollution control policy is approved by the federal government. The state is fully authorized to administer the NPDES for wastewater dischargers, including for discharges related to animal feeding operations and stormwater.
Wisconsin has primary authority to administer the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR's Bureau of Watershed Management is responsible for the day-to-day permitting, monitoring, and enforcing of the state's water laws.