Fish regulations to be discussed
LA CROSSE — Officials with the state Departments of Natural Resources in Wisconsin and Minnesota will hold five public input meetings in mid-May to kick off a review of bag and size limits for gamefish on the Mississippi River between Hastings, Minn., and Iowa.
The public meetings will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the following times and locations:
• May 14, Red Wing, Minn., Twin Bluff Middle School, 2120 Twin Bluff Road.
• May 15, Wabasha, Minn., Wabasha-Kellogg High School, 2113 Hiawatha Drive.
• May 16, Prairie du Chien, Prairie du Chien City Hall, 214 E. Blackhawk Drive.
• May 17, La Crosse, DNR Service Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road.
• May 22, Winona, Minn., Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road.
The Minnesota and Wisconsin DNRs are working together on the review to maintain consistent regulations on the Mississippi River.
Input gathered at the meetings, along with other fisheries data, may be used to develop recommendations for possible regulations changes that are agreeable to both states. The earliest any changes might go into effect would be 2020.
Comments about wetlands sought
MADISON — The state Department of Natural Resources seeks public comment on a proposed update of a previously issued general permit for utility projects impacting wetlands and waterways.
The department will hold an informational public hearing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in Room G09 at the Natural Resources state office building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison.
The proposed updated general permit provides a process for utility projects that result in minor impacts to waterways and wetlands. Updates to the permit address specific activities that utilities must perform when constructing and maintaining their facilities.
To view a copy of the draft general permit, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and click on the link for “Public input and meetings” and then “Energy and utility regulations and policies.” The DNR will accept public comments through May 29 via email to DNROEEACOMMENTS@wisconsin.gov or via U. S. mail to Ben Callan, DNR-ES/7, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. For more information, call 608-266-3524 or email Benjamin.Callan@wisconsin.gov.
From staff reports