Governing Law and Regulations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Water
Local zoning commissions
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) St. Paul District Office Rock Island District Office Detroit District Office
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Wisconsin generally follows the federal rules regarding wetlands permitting. However, the state has enacted a Shoreland Wetlands Protection Program, which puts some of the wetlands permitting responsibility (shoreland wetlands) into the hands of local zoning commissions.
In 2001, Wisconsin became the first state to restore protection to small, isolated wetlands left in limbo as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook ...