Environmental Impact Documents
The Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA) (s.1.11, Wis. Stats.; NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code) is a state law designed to encourage environmentally sensitive decision-making by state agencies.
WEPA requires the DNR and other state agencies to gather relevant environmental information and use it in their decision-making. Agencies must also look at appropriate alternatives to the particular course of action they are proposing. If the action is a "major action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment", the law requires agencies to consult with other agencies about possible environmental impacts, prepare and circulate an environmental impact statement (EIS), and hold a public hearing.