Water Use Fees (Wisconsin)

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Place Wisconsin


Name Water Use Fees (Wisconsin)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Fees
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Energy Storage, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 2011

Primary Website http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/nr/800/850/
Applicable Jurisdiction The Great Lakes Basin includes the land area that drains to Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. A detailed map of the Basin can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/greatlakes/documents/glbasin_web.pdf

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wateruse/rules.html

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WaterUse/fees.html http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WaterUse/documents/FeeFactSheet.pdf


Annual $125 water use fees are charged by the State of Wisconsin to each property that has the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day or more from groundwater and/or surface water, and an additional graduated fee applies in the Great Lakes Basin for withdrawal of more than 50 million gallons per year. Revenue is used to develop and maintain a statewide water resources inventory of water use and water availability throughout the state, document and monitor water use through the new registration and reporting requirements, monitor groundwater and surface water quantity, implement the Great Lakes Compact through water use permitting and regulating diversion of Great Lakes Basin waters, help communities plan water supply needs, and build a statewide water conservation and efficiency program.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Water Use Program
Department Department of Natural Resources
Division Water Use Section
Address PO Box 7921

Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53707-7921
Phone 608-266-2299

Website http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WaterUse/fees.html