MADISON – The public has an opportunity to comment on the proposed guidance document for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ consolidated surface water grant program.

The program helps local groups protect and restore lakes, rivers and wetlands, and control aquatic invasive species. Nearly $6.5 million is provided each year in the form of cost-sharing grants used by local organizations and units of government to protect their property values, restore water quality and habitat, and ensure surface water resources are protected and restored for the mutual benefit of nature and society.

The draft guidance document helps customers navigate the program, apply for grants and manage projects. Input now will help ensure a successful launch of the updated program later this fall.

The guidance document provides a broad overview of the main steps to securing a grant, describes subprograms and project types, offers useful tips for navigating the surface water grant program and contains detailed information that may be useful for different subprograms.

You can access the document on the proposed program guidance website, under document ID CF-20-0002. Here is the direct link to the PDF. More information on the surface water grant program can be found here.

All comments received by June 19 will be considered. Email formal comments to The final program guidance document will be posted on Final DNR Program Guidance site in July.

For more information, contact Alison Mikulyuk, DNR Lakes and Rivers Team Leader, at