Wisconsin Water Laws and Regulations
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8:30 – 11:45 am CST
11:45 am – 12:45 pm CST
12:45 – 4:40 pm CST
The Public Trust Doctrine S. Frye
History and overview – common law of water rights
Riparian rights: lakes vs. Streams/impoundments
Ordinary high water mark (OHWM)
Surface water diversion
Navigable waters and wetlands
Wis. Stat. Ch. 30 permits
Lake issue and public access
Complying with Water Quality laws and Regulations M. Frank
Point source regulation, industrial and agricultural permit programs
Non-point stormwater regulation and permitting
Public and private sewer systems
Public water supplies and private wells
Groundwater standards and protection
Understanding Wisconsin Surface Water Rights S. Frye
Ownership of surface water
Regulation of surface water rights
Waters of the United States vs. state jurisdiction
Wisconsin isolated wetlands and artificial wetlands
Obtaining surface water rights
Application and permitting process
Amending surface water rights
Buildings in the floodplain
Producer-Led watershed planning
Fresh water collaborative
Current issues in surface water rights
Drinking Water and Groundwater S. Frye
Ownership/withdrawal rights (reasonable use, overlying property owner)
Large capacity wells
Groundwater quality / Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 140
The evolving PFAS standards and regulation and PFAS testing grants
CAFO manure, industrial/food processing, septic tanks waste, municipal bio-solids,
water softening lime, commercial fertilizer (nitrate, phosphorus and chloride)
impacts to groundwater
Nutrient management plans / snap plus
Lead service line replacements
Current issues in groundwater rights
Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation S. Frye
Ethical issues in water use
Ethical issues in real estate development
Ethical issues in water transactions
Wastewater Planning and Compliance S. Frye
Adaptive management plan
Water quality trading
Water quality compliance; phosphorus, nitrate, chloride
Storm Water Management & S. Frye
Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention
Storm water management planning
Public information and education activities
Local ordinances affecting storm water discharge (construction site or post
construction erosion control, pet waste, or illicit discharge management)
Wisconsin runoff rules
Urban TMDL targeted runoff management
Agricultural technical and performance standards
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8.0 CLE Hours (No EPR)
(1.0 Ethics Hour)
Certified Floodplain Managers
6.5 ASFPM CECs
Wisconsin Geologists &
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public. It is approved by the Wisconsin Board of Bar
Examiners for 8.0 CLE hours, including no EPR hours, for attorneys.
This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to Wisconsin engineers to whom
the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to
preapproval in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin engineers with continuing education requirements in other states will be
able to able the hours from this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to
The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this webinar for 6.5 CECs for
certified floodplain managers.
This webinar extends a continuing education opportunity to Wisconsin geologists and
hydrologists. Continuing education is not required at this time in Wisconsin.
Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond
to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).
Matthew FrankMurphy Desmond Lawyers S.C.
Attorney with Murphy Desmond S.C.
Attorney Frank’s practice focuses on environmental and energy law. He is also chair of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Practice Group. He provides experienced counsel to businesses, start-ups, municipalities, utilities, organizations and individuals in a wide range of environmental and energy matters, helping clients successfully navigate regulatory and legal challenges. Mr. Frank is a former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and assistant attorney general with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). During his tenure as DNR secretary from 2007 through 2010, he oversaw the DNR’s regulatory and permitting programs, including air and water quality, waste and recycling, wetlands, groundwater, environmental clean-ups and brownfields restoration. Mr. Frank worked closely with businesses and communities on sustainability initiatives such as the Green Tier program and the Green Tier Legacy Communities Charter. He also worked closely on environmental and natural resource issues with officials in the Environmental Protection Agency, other federal agencies, states across the country, and Wisconsin tribal and local governments. Murphy Desmond has offices in Madison, Appleton, Janesville and Dodgeville.
Sean FryeToki & Associates, Inc.
Attorney at Axley Brynelson
Mr. Frye specializes in construction, environmental, and water law. While in law school, he worked as a legal research assistant with the Water Law and Policy Initiative at Marquette University Law School. There, he researched emerging legal and policy issues in water resource technology. Mr. Frye, also a licensed professional engineer, has several years of experience as a civil engineer in transportation, construction, and water resources engineering. His experience includes several completed projects as a construction project leader on a variety of transportation projects in the southeast Wisconsin region for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. This hands-on field experience provides him an in-depth understanding of the clients he represents and challenges that they face in the environmental and construction industries. His academic background includes B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He also served in the US Army as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (Haz-Mat) Operations Specialist in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, TX, which included two long-term deployments to Iraq and Kuwait.