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DNR rolls out new plan to deal with zebra mussels

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials are making it easier for owners of Wisconsin’s inland waterfront properties to clean up things like dead fish, algae, and invasive zebra mussels.

Until now, landowners along the Great Lakes were the only ones using a streamlined process to get general cleanup permits from the DNR.

Thursday, the agency said it will extend the same permits to those with land along inland lakes and rivers.

The state will have 30 days to act on general permit requests. Once they’re approved, they’ll be good for five years.

Previously, inland waterfront owners had to obtain individual permits which included 30 day comment periods for each request.

The DNR’s Martye Griffin says the new system will let landowners take care of nuisances more quickly – and without harming sensitive shore areas.