Online DNR system simplifies applying for plant management permits

dnr_logo_colorIt’s now easier to apply for permits to manage native or invasive aquatic plants, using the Department of Natural Resources Permitting and Reporting System.

The online system is for water use reporting, permit applications, permit change requests, and well construction preliminary assessment requests.

The DNR annually issues nearly 5,000 aquatic plant management permits and about 300 invasive aquatic plant management permits on approximately 1,900 public waters. These numbers have been steadily increasing.

“MPARS not only makes applications faster and easier, but it also provides transparency and record keeping by documenting site inspections, management history and other details,” said Kylie Cattoor, natural resources specialist. “Aquatic plants are essential to healthy lake ecosystems and with less of our time spent processing permits, we can do more to prevent the spread of invasive species and provide more technical guidance to property owners.”

Permit activities added to the system include bog relocation and removal, offshore and nearshore plant management, and use of automated aquatic plant control devices. Renewal of native aquatic plant management permits is also available now, and invasive aquatic plant management permit renewal is in development for 2018.

In addition to native and invasive aquatic plant management, the online system supports permits for water appropriation, public waters work, and dam safety.

Details on how to create a user account and more information is available at mndnr.gov/mpars.