Regulation of Dams and Bridges Affecting Navigable Waters (Wisconsin)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Name||Regulation of Dams and Bridges Affecting Navigable Waters (Wisconsin)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Siting and Permitting|
|Affected Technologies||Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small)|
|Program Administrator||WI Department of Natural Resources|
|Applicable Jurisdiction||Dam construction is limited on the Brule River and prohibited on the Lower Wisconsin Riverway.|
Chapter 31 of the Wisconsin Statutes lays out the regulations relevant to dams and bridges on or near navigable waters. This statute establishes that the Department of Natural Resources has regulatory oversight of all such structures, and describes the permitting and inspection process for dam construction, maintenance, and operation. Dam construction is expressly limited or prohibited on several rivers and river segments, including the Brule River and the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.
Dams proposed on non-navigable streams are not subject to these restrictions, and may be built for any purpose with the consent of the land owner, unless additional municipal regulations apply.
|Contact Name||DNR Dam Safety|
|Department||Department of Natural Resources|
|Division||DNR Dam Safety Program, WT/3|
|Address||101 South Webster Stret|
|Address 2||PO Box 7921|