Water Resource Management

We provide services for high capacity well permits, groundwater monitoring and pump tests, wetland delineation and management, and storm water planning and design.

High Cliff Consulting frequently works with multiple regulatory agencies and often prepare Notice of Intents (NOI), Storm Water PollutionvPrevention Plans (SWPPP), and Water Resource Application for Project Permits (WRAPP) for our clients.

Hi Capacity Well Permits

In Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources is the agency responsible for administering rules regulating high capacity wells.   Properties are considered high capacity properties if they contain a well or system of wells that produce 70 or more gallons per minute.  Approval must be obtained from the Department to construct a high capacity well system if the project:

  • is within 1,200 feet of a class 1, 2 or 3 trout stream or a designated outstanding or exceptional water resource
  • may impact springs with flow greater or equal to one cubic foot per second,
  • will result in water loss greater than 95 percent,
  • will result in 10 or more feet of water level drawdown in the public utility well,
  • will degrade safe drinking water and the groundwater resource

If the project may impact public safety an environmental review process will be required.  At High Cliff Consulting we have experience with high capacity well applications and groundwater modeling and can prepare an application and supporting documentation that will expedite the permitting process.

Storm Water Solutions

Storm water runoff posses unique challenges for each project and site.  While the permitting requirements may vary significantly between residential sites and commercial and industrial sites our complete understanding of storm water allows us to consider cross platform approaches to design the most cost effective solution for your project.  At High Cliff Consulting we design and implement plans that minimize erosion and prevent sedimentation reducing cost associated with sediment control and allow you to demonstrate permits compliance.

  • Residential Erosion Control Plans
    • Residential construction sites often require a erosion control plan to address storm water runoff from the site and ensure minimum standards are met to prevent sedimentation from leaving the site and ensure soil loss is within regulatory standards.
  • Construction Permits
    • Most construction sites that will disturb one acre or more of land are required to submit an application requesting coverage under the Construction Site Storm Water Runoff General Permit No. WI-S067831-5.  High Cliff Consulting has the experience required to successfully prepare you permit application and compliance designs.
  • Industrial Permits
    • NR Chapter 216, Wis. Adm. Code, (NR 216) lists industries in the state that need to obtain storm water discharge permits from the Department of Natural Resources. Permits are issued under a tiered system that groups industries by type and by how likely they are to contaminate storm water.  Whether you project is a Tier 1 or Tier 2 facility or qualifies for a “No Exposure” classification we can help you ensure site compliance from start to finish.
  • Municipal Permits
    • A Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit is required for  a municipality that
      • is located within a federally-designated Urbanized Area
      • has a population of 10,000 or more based on the latest decennial census; or
      • the Department of Natural Resources designates for permit coverage in accordance with NR 216.025.