Federal Consistency

Public Notice

December 23, 2020:​

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP), State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration, is inviting public comment on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rulemaking, National Performance Standards for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Commercial Vessel, authorized by the Clean Water Act section 312(p), as amended by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). The WCMP is conducting a review to verify this project will comply with state coastal policies. Further information may be obtained from: coastal@wisconsin.gov; http://coastal.wisconsin.gov; WCMP, PO Box 8944, Madison, WI 53708-8944; (608) 267-7988. Comments on whether this project complies with coastal policies should be received within 21 days.​

Download the public notice here​.

Review Process

Through its federal consistency review authority, the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) has broad opportunities to influence federal government activities, construction, funding, permitting and other actions proposed within the coastal zone. It promotes coordination between state and federal policies, programs and agencies.

The review process relies on and seeks to improve existing state programs. Federal regulations (15 CFR 930) establish the basic policies and procedures for coastal states, federal agencies and other affected parties pertaining to the federal consistency review process.

  • Federal Consistency Review Process describes the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program's review process and includes the WCMP's policies (PDF)
  • The excerpt above can be found in the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program: A Strategic Vision for the Great Lakes. The program document describes the federally-approved Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (PDF

For questions on the review process or a particular project, contact WCMP Federal Consistency Coordinator.