Staff


Paul Sebo, County Conservationist
As County Conservationist, Paul is responsible for managing daily operations for the Division's County programs to increase public awareness and promote a proactive approach for the protection of our natural resources. He implements and coordinates a variety of Federal, State and local programs related to soil conservation and water pollution control and participates in various advisory committees involved in the development of technical standards, rule making, program planning and policy issues.

Paul also oversees technical assistance provided to landowners and municipalities who install soil and water conservation practices for the purpose of improving water quality. He also administers the enforcement of three county ordinances which are; the Farmland Preservation Program Conservation Compliance, the Animal Waste Storage Ordinance and the Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Ordinance.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Public Management from the Colorado State University System and an Associate Degree in Natural Resources from Fox Valley Technical College. He has held a Project and Senior Technician position for Washington County since 1988 and has previous work experience in both Manitowoc and Kewaunee Counties.

Email: paul.sebo@co.washington.wi.us
Phone: 262.335.4805


Stephanie Egner, CCA, TSP, Conservation Technician
As Conservation Technician, Stephanie is responsible for agricultural conservation and nutrient management programs and planning...helping to preserve Washington County's soil resources and reduce non-point source pollution. Time is spent on a variety of youth informational and educational activities including, but not limited to: the conservation poster contest, 4th grade farm tour, classroom education, conservation camps and the WI Envirothon. Dealing with all components of conservation...she co-organizes the Annual Tree Program and Hazardous Waste Clean Sweeps.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she double majored in Soil Science and Resource Management. She has been employed with the Washington County Land and Water Conservation Division since January 2000.

Email: stephanie.egner@co.washington.wi.us
Phone: 262.335.4804


Paul Backhaus, CCA, Conservation Technician
As Conservation Technician, Paul is responsible for engineering and implementing practices that reduce non-point pollution to waters of our county.  This is done primarily by working with landowners to implement engineering practices and the state's Agricultural Performance Standards.  Paul is responsible for enforcement of the county's Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Ordinance.  He also manages the water quality monitoring program for the county.

Paul received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, majoring in Watershed Management and minoring in Soil Science. He has been employed with the Land and Water Conservation Division since April 2006.

Email: paul.backhaus@co.washington.wi.us
Phone: 262.335.4803


Adam Beran, Conservation Technician
As a Conservation Technician, Adam is responsible for technical assistance in identifying resource concerns. Implementing conservation practices that reduce non-point source pollution to waters of our county. This is done by working with landowners to install conservation practices to the land. Practices such as riparian buffers, grassed waterways, and cover crops, etc. are used to protect soil and improve water quality.

Adam received his Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Wisconsin- Platteville in 2018, majoring in Soil and Crop Science and minoring in Environmental Science. He has been employed with Land and Water Conservation Division since July of 2018.

Email: adam.beran@co.washington.wi.us
Phone: 262.365.5769


Cassie Taplin, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator

Cassie’s primary duty is connecting volunteers, lake management districts, and lake associations with resources to both prevent the spread of AIS and manage current infestations. Education and outreach is a vital component of the position so that citizens are aware of the threats of AIS and learn how to prevent their spread. Outreach events include giving AIS presentations to youth groups and encouraging local businesses, such as aquariums and bait shops, not to release animals into the wild. Cassie also coordinates volunteer programs such as Clean Boats, Clean Waters which trains citizens on how to conduct boat inspections. This program helps prevent AIS from entering and leaving lakes. Cassie also serves as the central point of contact for anyone in the Counties who has questions regarding AIS.

Cassie graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior with a degree in Biology with an Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Science focus. She has been employed with the Land and Water Conservation Division since January 2019.

E-mail: cassie.taplin@co.washington.wi.us
Phone: 262-335-4806


Mike Patin, USDA/NRCS District Conservationist
As USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist for Washington, Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties, Mike serves as the NRCS representative to address resource concerns and communicates policies, directives, program objectives and priorities and goals to partner agencies and the public. A District Conservationist directs the preparation and implementation of resource management plans and long-term contracts to address resource concerns on private lands.

Email: michael.patin@wi.usda.gov
Phone: 262.346.2359


Fay Fitts, Administrative Secretary
As Administrative Secretary, Fay provides office administrative/management support for the division staff for the purposes of planning, developing and implementing land and water resource conservation programs. These programs are intended to enhance the environment, increase public sector awareness and provide technical resource informational/educational materials to the public.

Fay attended San Juan Basin Technical School, Cortez, Colorado for accounting and computer credits. She has been employed with the division since 1988.

Email: fay.fitts@co.washington.wi.us
Office Phone: 262.335.4800