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 an Associate Degree in Natural Resources from the 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, Project Technician
As Project Technician, Stephanie is responsible for 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 tours, 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, Project Technician
As Project Technician, Paul is responsible for implementing practices that reduce non-point pollution to waters of our county.  This is done primarily by working with landowners to implement nutrient management and conservation plans.  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


Eric Hyde, Project Technician
As Project Technician, Eric is responsible for implementing practices that reduce non-point pollution to waters of our county. Eric is responsible for enforcement of the county's Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Ordinance (Chapter 17). He is also involved in executing the Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation Ordinance (Chapter 18).  This involves the reviewing of reclamation plans and inspection of sites to make certain the plans are followed. Eric also manages surface and ground water monitoring across Washington county.

Eric received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where he majored in Resource Management (Land Use Planning) and minored in GIS (Geographic Information Systems). He has been employed with the Land and Water Conservation Division since March 2011.

Email: eric.hyde@co.washington.wi.us
Phone: 262.335.4802


Bradley Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator
As AIS Coordinator, Brad organizes and implements Aquatic Invasive Species activities throughout the county.  This involves working with lake associations to coordinate efforts to control and provide a rapid response plan against invasive species.  He also serves as the coordinator for Clean Boats, Clean Water watercraft inspection activities.  This involves planning and executing training workshops, properly equipping boat landings with educational information and AIS disposal means, and keeping a presence at the landings through volunteer efforts.  In dealing with all aspects of AIS, Brad will map lakes and wetlands, provide controlling and treatment strategies, and serve as an educator and primary contact concerning aquatic invasives throughout the county.

Brad graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2012, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Conservation Biology. He has been employed with the Land & Water Conservation Division since May 2014.

Email: bradley.steckart@co.washington.wi.us
Phone: 262.335.4806


Mike Patin, Acting 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