Land & Water Conservation Division
To increase awareness and promote action to protect our soil and water resources.
The Land & Water Conservation Division (LWCD) relies on partnerships with local farmers, landowners, government officials, teachers, youth group leaders, community businesses, civic organizations and concerned residents. The LWCD assists County residents by offering Technical Assistance, Financial Assistance & Educational Opportunities.
Under the policy and direction of the Land Conservation Committee, the LWCD's staff provides services to the the public as oultined and identified in the Land & Water Resource Management Plan.
Less than 2% of the Earths surface has the topsoil and growing conditions necessary to grow food - that is, all the food needed to sustain the ever-growing population of the planet!
We all know we need "topsoil" to grow our lawns and gardens, but too few of us have an appreciation for its true value as a natural resource. It takes over 100 years and lots of weathering and natural "additives" to produce one inch of topsoil. Yet, this much can be washed away in a single rain storm if not protected from erosion. When this happens, the soil pollutes our streams and clogs drainage systems...costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year in dredging and other damage repair work.
In Washington County, the average depth of topsoil is only 6-12 inches. For the sake of future generations, land management practices should ensure that the soil is not being blown or washed away faster than nature can replenish it.
We all want our lakes and streams to be clean. When they are not, we expect "someone" to do something about it. But that someone is you!
Most water pollution today comes from our lawns, streets, parking lots, construction sites and farmland. It is called runoff or "nonpoint" pollution. Runoff is rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground, but instead "runs off" the land...with the help of paved surfaces and roofs, storm sewers, ditches and other man-made drainage systems. Along the way this runoff water picks up all kinds of pollution from the urban and rural landscape such as: litter, motor oil, road salt, eroded soil, fertilizer, pet or livestock wastes and pesticides, then carries it to the nearest lake, stream or wetland. Runoff pollution can make our water unsafe for swimming and degrade conditions for fishing...often, so gradually it goes unnoticed.
What We Do...
To stop runoff pollution we must all help by making changes in the way we do everyday things...one step at a time.
The Washington County Land and Water Conservation Division (LWCD) relies on partnerships with local farmers, landowners, government officials, teachers and youth group leaders, community businesses, civic organizations and concerned residents.
LWCD technical staff are experts on controlling soil erosion and water pollution. It is their job to find solutions to land and water resource problems.
Through a variety of local programs, technical staff will:
- Conduct resource inventories, including soils, drainage, topography, water resources, land use and vegetation through on-site visits or map interpretations.
- Develop resource management recommendations and plans.
- Complete engineering and design activities for construction projects, including site surveys, soil profile analysis, runoff and flow calculations and the preparation of construction drawings.
- Supervise the construction of conservation practices such as grass waterways, retention ponds, terraces and livestock waste management systems.
- Administer local regulations aimed to prevent water pollution from construction site erosion, urban stormwater runoff and manure storage facilities.
Some conservation practices can be costly. Since clean water and sustained soil productivity benefit everyone, public financial assistance is often available. LWCD staff will help determine what programs you may be eligible for and can assist in obtaining available funds.
Funding opportunities for conservation work include:
- Cost sharing the installation of a wide variety of conservation practices.
- Tax credits or other program benefits for meeting certain conservation criteria.
- Incentive payments to stop farming environmentally sensitive lands such as stream corridors or highly erodible slopes.
Information and Education...
The LWCD conducts a wide variety of information and education programs aimed at urban and rural audiences of all ages. With a theme of "Clean Water One Step At A Time" the objective is to raise awareness and encourage citizens to take action to preserve our soil and water resources.
Summary of Land Conservation Services...
Under the policy direction of the Land Conservation Committee (LCC), the Land and Water Conservation Division (LWCD) carries out its land and water conservation mission by offering five major categories of services, as described below:
A. Technical and Engineering Assistance: Provide local landowners, managers and units of government technical assistance to find solutions to land and water resource management problems. This includes activities such as: resource inventories, site surveys, soil profile analysis, hydrologic calculations, and the planning, design and installation of soil and water conservation practices. The LWCD also contracts for technical assistance related to wildlife damage to agricultural crops.
B. Conservation Education: Conduct a wide variety of conservation education programs in partnership with other agencies and organizations. Target audiences range from urban to rural residents of all ages. The message is always to encourage individual action to reduce water pollution and to protect our soil and other natural resources.
C. Automation/GIS Services: Emphasize efficiency and quality in all LWCD services by integrating computer technology into daily activities where appropriate. Computer enhanced activities and services currently include: surveying, drafting, conservation planning, designing/engineering, mapping, aerial photography, educational mailings, tree sales, program tracking, word processing, publication development and the maintenance of county-wide natural resource inventory data. Also, offer resource data and planning information to our clients in a digital format whenever practical.
D. Financial Assistance: Determine what financial assistance may be available to local landowners, managers and organizations to help offset the costs of conservation work and assist them in obtaining those funds. Financial assistance can be in the form of tax credits, cost sharing, conservation easements or other incentive payments. The LWCD administers several state financial assistance programs (Priority Watersheds, NR-243, etc.) and assists with several federal programs (EQIP, CRP, etc.).
E. Regulatory Activities: Administer local ordinances and program compliance requirements with a common sense approach. This currently includes County Code provisions for participation in the Farmland Preservation Program (Chapter 15), the construction of new manure storage facilities (Chapter 16), erosion control and stormwater management for new developments in unincorporated areas (Chapter 17) and nonmetallic mining reclamation (Chapter 18). Also includes helping landowners meet the conservation requirements for participation in a variety of state and federal programs.
Location: 333 E. Washington Street, Suite 2300 in West Bend, WI
Business Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday thru Friday
Phone: (262) 335-4800
FULL SERVICE CLEAN SWEEP
The Washington County Full Service Clean Sweep is an opportunity for county residents to properly dispose or recycle unwanted hazardous chemicals, electronic goods, pharmaceutical medication and used tires. A $10.00 pre-registration fee is required for the Hazardous Waste and Electronic Goods Collection with a participation limit of 250 vehicles per event. The Pharmaceutical Collection is free and participation is unlimited. The Used Tire Collection is also unlimited participation (maximum of 20 tires accepted per person) and disposal fees apply. Detailed information for each collection is below. You can help keep Washington County's surface and groundwater clean through participating in this program.
May 10, 2014
Slinger Highway Shop
314 W. Washington St. (Hwy 175), Slinger
October 11, 2014
West Bend Highway Shop
900 Lang St., West Bend
Land & Water Conservation Division
333 E. Washington St., Suite 2300
West Bend, WI 53095
24 Hour Hotline: (262)335-4808 Office: (262)335-4800
HAZARDOUS WASTE & ELECTRONIC GOODS -
Pre-registration & $10.00 fee required.
2014 May Registration Form - Slinger (pdf)
PHARMACEUTICAL/DRUG - No pre-registration or fee required.
TIRES - No pre-registration. Disposal fees apply.
SMALL BUSINESS/VERY SMALL QUANTITY GENERATORS (VSQG) -
Pre-registration required & cost of disposal.
From Here To Where?
What happens to my waste after drop-off?
Can't wait for the next Clean Sweep?
Waste Disposal available at the Port Washington Facility (year round)
Water pollution has many sources. Up to half of all pollutants come not from factories or wastewater treatment plants, but from many diffuse sources resulting from our own everyday activities. For example, dog waste left on the ground or chemicals sprayed on your lawn can get washed into the nearest waterways by the next rain. Pet waste and pesticides in your yard may not seem like they could have a large effect on local streams and lakes, but our waterways receive stormwater from thousands of backyards. What we do in our own backyards and our own communities can make all the difference to the quality of our lakes and streams.
WHAT IS STORMWATER POLLUTION?
WHAT CAN I DO?
WHERE DOES MY STORMWATER GO?
LOCAL LINKS & INFORMATION
The LWCD conducts a wide variety of information and education programs aimed at urban and rural audiences of all ages. With a theme of "Clean Water One Step At A Time" the objective is to raise awareness and encourage citizens to take action to preserve our soil and water resources.
Educators and Youth Leaders come and discover what the Land and Water Conservation Division has to offer! Our office consists of an extensive selection of: curriculum guides, videos, posters, monitoring equipment, reference materials, slide presentations, teaching games and demonstration kits. The library is open from 8:00 - 4:30 Monday thru Friday and materials are loaned out free of charge.
LWCD Library Inventory (pdf)
Aldo Leopold Kit (pdf)
Wetland Trunk (pdf)
Storm Drain Stenciling Kit (pdf)
Wisconsin Association For Environmental Education (WAEE)
WAEE is your direct connection to Environmental Education (EE) in Wisconsin. Join teachers, naturalists, youth leaders, natural resource professionals and others dedicated to learning more and educating all persons about the natural and built environment. WAEE is a non-profit organization that sponsors conferences, workshops, and gatherings to promote professional growth and networking opportunities. Our organization also supports the work of its members through statewide initiatives, professional resources and recognition.
SAND LAKE CONSERVATION CAMP
June 25-27, 2014
Camp is available each summer to the youth of Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Students that will be entering grades 6-8 in the fall (2014) are invited to take part in this camp. Located at Camp Bird, in Crivitz, WI, the small fee is for the 3 days of camp ($60 on or before May 30. $75 fee after May 30.). Washington County Land & Water Conservation will offer 4 full scholarships to students (awarded one time per individual) living or attending school in Washington County. Registrations will not be accepted after June 6. Space is limited. Transportation to and from camp is available with our Land Conservation Staff.
2014 Camp Brochure (pdf)
Map of Camp Bird (pdf)
2014 Schedule (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
2014 Scholarship Essay Form (doc)
2014 Registration Packet (pdf)
Camp offers a closer look and better understanding of nature's resources and our role, as citizens, in conserving them. Sessions cover a wide variety of information and hands-on experiences in wildlife habitat, water quality, forestry, fisheries, invasive species, orienteering, archery and canoeing. Natural resource, conservation and education professionals teach the programs, serve as couselors and give campers an inside look at different careers available in natural resources and the environment.
Fun In 2007 (pdf)
Fun In 2008 (pdf)
Fun In 2009 (pdf)
Fun In 2010 (pdf)
YOUTH CONSERVATION CAMP
June 23-27, 2014
Eagle River, WI
Students entering grades 9, 10 and 11 (fall 2014) who are interested in natural resource management careers or who enjoy the outdoors are invited to attend this 5 day camp. Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) is located in northern Wisconsin, along the banks of the Eagle River. Campers stay in comfortable student lodges, eat their meals in a full service dining hall and attend programs or field studies in the classrooms of the TFT education center of the great outdoors. TFT is fully equipped with showers, flush toilets, and electricity.
The camp fee is only $225 per student and covers meals, lodging and a t-shirt. Scholarship money may be available from the Land Conservation Office. Registration deadline is June 9th. Please call to find out more information! (335-4800) Washington County Land & Water Conservation will offer 1 scholarship (50% of cost) to a student (awarded one time per individual) living or attending school in Washington County.
2014 Brochure (Vilas Co. Website)
2014 Scholarship Essay Form (doc)
CONSERVATION POSTER CONTEST
Washington County's K-12th grade students were invited to participate in the 2014 Conservation Poster Contest. This year's theme was "Dig Deeper-Mysteries In The Soil". All posters were submitted to the Land & Water Conservation Division in West Bend by Monday, December 30, 2013. Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poster from each category. The 1st place winner (from each catergory) will be entered into the next level of competition and from there possibly move on to State and Nationals.
Informational Letter (pdf)
Contest Rules (pdf)
Entry Form - (pdf)
Poster Contest Ideas (pdf)
Interested to find out more about the 2014 Contest "Dig Deeper-Mysteries In The Soil"..visit the following website: National Association of Conservation Districts.
Please remember...all entries must begin at the local (county) level.
FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM
The Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program identifies and protects agricultural areas against unplanned development. The program is designed to preserve agricultural land and open spaces by promoting orderly land use planning and development, by promoting soil and water conservation, in turn providing tax relief to landowners in the program.
Exclusive Agricultural Zoning (EAZ)
In Washington County, 6 Municipalities have Exclusive Agricultural Zoning. The Municipalities that administer this zoning are the Towns of Kewaskum, Barton, Trenton, Hartford, and the Villages of Richfield and Germantown.
Farmland Preservation Agreements
An agreement is a contract between a farmland owner and the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. The landowner agrees to maintain the farmland in agricultural use...with agreements ranging from 10 to 25 years.
The Farmland Preservation Program provides participating landowners with an opportunity to claim farmland preservation tax credits. The tax credits are income tax credits that are applied against tax liability.
Tax credit amounts are:
$5.00/Ac. for farmers with a farmland preservation agreement signed after July 1, 2009 and located within an agricultural enterprise area.
$7.50/Ac. for farmers in an area zoned for farmland preservation.
$10.00/Ac. for farmers in an area zoned and certified for farmland preservation and in an agricultural enterprise area, with a farmland preservation agreement signed after July 1, 2009.
WORKING LANDS INITIATIVE
The Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative is included as part of the 2009 – 2011 state budget signed into law by Governor Doyle on June 29, 2009. Three main components of the program include updates to the state’s current Farmland Preservation Program, the ability for farmers and local governments to establish voluntary Agricultural Enterprise Areas, and a state program to help with the purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements.
For more information regarding the Working Lands Initiative & Credits visit Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Terrestrial (Land) Invasive Species Page
2013 Spring/Summer Newsletter
In August of 2010, Washington County received an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Control Grant through the WI Department of Natural Resources. The grant required Washington County to develop a countywide strategic plan for AIS prevention and control. The strategic plan describes how AIS can be detrimental to aquatic ecosystems and pin points where AIS have been identified. The plan also recommends goals and strategies for combating AIS and engaging in AIS education and outreach as well as identifying entities responsible for plan implementation.
As part of the planning process, an Advisory Committee (AC) was established to guide the preparation of the AIS Strategic Plan. The AC was comprised of members from lake protection and rehabilitation districts and lakeowners associations throughtout Washington County. The AC reviewed plan chapters and identified recommendations for plan goals, objectives and actions. The AIS strategic plan was approved by the AC on December 3, 2012 and forwarded to the Washington County Land Conservation Committee (LCC). The LCC conducted a public hearing on December 19, 2012 and recommended approval of the plan to the Washington County Board of Supervisors. The County Board adopted the plan by resolution on February 12, 2013. Upon adoption, the plan became a guide to be used by County officials and staff in making aquatic invasive species management decisions.
05/31 AIS Committee Meeting
07/24 AIS Committee Meeting
08/23 AIS Committee Meeting
09/19 AIS Committee Meeting
10/23 AIS Committee Meeting
12/03 AIS Committee Meeting
Strategic Plan (02/12/13)
Cover and Intro Pages (pdf)
Chapter 1 (pdf)
Chapter 2 (pdf)
Chapter 3 (pdf)
Chapter 4 (pdf)
Chapter 5 (pdf)
Executive Summary (pdf)
While prevention is the most effective approach to AIS, early detection and rapid response is critical to eradication or control before invasive species become widespread. Monitoring and reporting locations of invasive species is also vital to preventing the spread of aquatic invaders.
AIS - Identification and Response Guide (pdf)
AIS - Identification and Response Report Form (pdf)
Help protect our rivers, lakes and streams!
Washington County's BUFFER INITIATIVE
Farmland Preservation Program
This state-mandated, cross-compliance rule was originally adopted by the County Board on August 12, 1986. It requires all landowners receiving a tax credit through this program to maintain cropland soil erosion rates at tolerable levels (as defined by NRCS technical standards). LWCD staff must screen all participants within one year after they receive their first tax credit and develop a conservation plan for all lands. Installation of the planned conservation practices may be scheduled over several years, but annual progress is required. The LWCD is also required to spot check 20% of the program participants each year. More program specifics can be found in the Code book.
Animal Waste Rule - NR 243
This is a DNR regulatory rule that has historically operated on a complaint basis. DNR must investigate complaints and determine if an operation is causing a significant water quality problem. If so, the DNR issues a Notice of Discharge to the landowner, which requires them to adopt animal waste runoff control practices. The owner is directed to the LWCD to obtain technical assistance. The LWCD recommends what practice(s) are needed to solve the problem and will design and supervise the installation of those practices at the request of the landowner. Cost sharing was historically offered through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Changes in the administrative rules will require DNR to actively seek out problem sites versus relying on complaints. DNR will also provide the cost-sharing funds.
Wildlife Damage and Abatement
Since 1991, the LWCD along with 15 other counties has contracted with the USDA- APHIS Horicon office to provide assistance to landowner contending with wild animal pressures. Although abatement measures are emphasized, crop damage (mainly from geese and deer) is also reimbursed. There is a nominal deductible and an annual claim limit of $15,000.00 per landowner. The program is currently supported by a $1.00 fee on all hunting licenses, a $12.00 charge for deer bonus tags, and general revenues from the federal government.
Deer Donation Program (pdf)
Conservation Reserve Program
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) reduces soil erosion, protects the Nation's ability to produce food and fiber, reduces sedimentation in streams and lakes, improves water quality, establishes wildlife habitat, and enhances forest and wetland resources. It encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filter strips, or riparian buffers. Farmers receive an annual rental payment for the term of the multi-year contract. Cost sharing is provided to establish the vegetative cover practices.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) works primarily in locally identified priority areas where there are significant natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion, water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and forest and grazing lands. Priority is given to areas where State or local governments offer financial, technical, or educational assistance, and to areas where agricultural improvements will help meet water quality objectives. Activities must be carried out according to a conservation plan. Priority area proposals are submitted to the NRCS State Conservationist, who selects those areas within the State based on recommendations from the State Technical Committee.
EQIP is one of several Federal, State, and local conservation programs that farmers and ranchers can use to solve their natural resource concerns. EQIP offers financial, educational, and technical help to install or implement structural, vegetative, and management practices called for in 5 to 10 year contracts. These practices which include manure management systems, pest management, and erosion control-help improve and maintain the health of natural resources. Cost sharing may pay up to 75% of the costs of certain conservation practices. Nationally, half of the funding for EQIP is targeted to livestock-related natural resource concerns and the remainder to other significant conservation priorities.
Farmland Protection Program
The Farmland Protection Program provides funds to State, tribal, or local government entities to help purchase development rights to keep productive farmland in agricultural use. Working through their existing programs, USDA joins with State, tribal, or local governments to acquire conservation easements or other interests from landowners. USDA provides up to 50% of the costs of purchasing the easements. To qualify, farmland must: be part of a pending offer from a State, tribe, or local farmland protection program; be privately owned; have a conservation plan; be large enough to sustain agricultural production; be accessible to markets for what the land produces; have adequate infrastructure and agricultural support services; and have surrounding parcels of land that can support long-term agricultural production.
Forest Stewardship Program
The Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) takes a multiple-resource approach to managing nonindustrial private forest lands by bringing the expertise of State-employed foresters, biologists and private consultants to private landowners to help them prepare natural resource management plans. These plans encourage landowners to become active in planning and managing their forests, greatly increasing the likelihood that the forests will remain productive and healthy, and that social, economic and environmental benefits of these lands will be better realized.
Wetlands Reserve Program
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program to restore wetlands. Participating landowners can establish conservation easements of either permanent or 30-year duration or can enter into restoration cost-share agreements where no easement is involved. In exchange for establishing a permanent easement, the landowner receives payment up to the agricultural value of the land and 100% of the restoration costs for restoring the wetland. The 30-year easement payment is 75% of what would be provided for a permanent easement on the same site and 75% of the restoration cost. The voluntary agreements are for a minimum 10-year duration and provide for 75% of the cost of restoring the involved wetlands. Easements set limits on how the lands may be used in the future. Restoration cost-share agreements establish wetland protection and restoration as the primary land use for the duration of the agreement. In all instances, landowners continue to control access to their land.
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program provides financial incentives to develop habitat for fish and wildlife on private lands. Participants agree to implement a wildlife habitat development plan, and USDA agrees to provide cost-share assistance for the initial implementation of wildlife habitat development practices. USDA and program participants enter into 5 to 10 year cost-share agreements for wildlife habitat development.
A biannual newsletter for Washington County residents. Viewpoints of authors do not necessarily reflect those of the Land Conservation Committee or the Washington County Board of Supervisors. The Land Conservation Committee and the Land and Water Conservation Division staff encourage responses from the public.
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NEWSLETTER SUMMARY (1993-2013)
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There are two separate environmental risks, groundwater and surface water, associated with application of nutrients. The Land & Water Conservation Division maintains a GIS layer that identifies areas that have a high risk of negative envirnomental impacts if nutrients, either organic or commercial, are applied to the soil at critical times of the year or through inappropriate application methods.
The USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service 590 Nutrient Management Code was used as a guide for the development of this layer, which consists of the following components:
1) SOILS - < 20" to bedrock, < 12" to apparent water table, high permeability rates, steep slope of 12% or greater and planning units of >9% identified by the Land Conservation Office.
2) SURFACE WATER - areas within 300' of navigable waters (rivers and streams) and areas within 1000' of naviable waters (lakes, ponds or flowage).
As fields are walked, concentrated flow channels are identified.
Application Risk Area Maps (County GIS)
Washington County's publicly accessible interactive website now includes nutrient management. Zoom in with the + button to see runoff risk and groundwater risk areas. Parcel boundary and non agricultural areas will also be shown.
GIS Interactive Mapping
The Department of Agriculture has a nutrient management application site as well.
DATCP Interactive Mapping
PLANNING TO APPLY MANURE? CHECK BEFORE YOU SPREAD!
Runoff Risk Map Website (Dept. of Ag)
The Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast map shows day-to-day risk of runoff occurring across Wisconsin using National Weather Service forecaset methods that consider precipitation, soil moisture and individual basin characteristics.
Manure spreading decisions should be made with consideration of this tool to avoid unneccesary pollution of nearby surface water and groundwater and loss of valuable nutrients for your crops.
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.
Scott Schmidt, PE, RLS, County Engineer/Surveyor
As County Civil Engineer/Surveyor, Scott lends support to other County Departments for contracting and inspection of Washington County projects. He assists the Land & Water Conservation Division with the implementation and enforcement of Washington County's Erosion Control & Stormwater Management Ordinance (Chapter 17); by working closely with Townships, landowners, engineers, and developers to control erosion from construction sites and sees that proper stormwater management plans area developed and implemented. Scott 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.
Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has been with Washington County since July of 2001 and currently resides in Germantown with his wife and children.
Stephanie Egner, CCA, Project Technician
As Project Technician, Stephanie is responsible for conservation and nutrient management 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: tours, workshops and conservation camp. Dealing with all components of conservation...she organizes the Annual Tree Program as well as the Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep.
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.
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.
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. He also manages surface and ground water monitoring for the 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.
Paul Klein, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator
As the AIS Coordinator, Paul will organize and implement Aquatic Invasive Species activities throughout the county. This will involve working with lake associations to coordinate efforts to control and provide a rapid response plan against invasive species. He will also serve as the coordinator for Clean Boats, Clean Water (CBCW) 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, he will map lakes and wetlands, provide controlling and treatment strategies, and serve as an educator and primary contact concerning aquatic invasives throughout the county.
Paul has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Field Biology and Resource Management, from UW-Platteville, and UW-Stevens Point. He worked with the Wisconsin Conservation Corps for 12 years managing fish and wildlife, and shoreland projects throughout Wisconsin. Paul has spent the past 9 years in the private sector of conservation and water management.
Josh Odekirk, USDA/NRCS District Conservationist
As NRCS District Conservationist, Josh is responsible for overseeing all federal conservation programs for the farmers and landowners in Washington & Ozaukee Counties. Providing technical assistance to producers, writing conservation plans and implementation and design for the following programs: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
Josh is a UW-Stevens Point graduate with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management (minor in Soil Science). He started his NRCS career as an intern in Dodge County from 2003- 2005. Josh was away from NRCS until 2008 when he was selected as the Soil Conservationist in Jefferson County where he stayed until being hired as the District Conservationist in Washington & Ozaukee Counties in April 2010.
Fay Fitts, Administrative Assistant
As Administrative Assistant, 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.
NRCS-Unlock the Secrets in the Soil webpage
Healthy, Productive Soils checklist
NRCS-How Healthy Soils Should Look (1:10)
Since 1993, Washington County Land and Water Conservation Division has encouraged local planting of native woodland and prairie species through our Native Tree & Prairie Seed Program. More than 1,000,000 trees have been purchased over the past 20+ years! The division orders bare root trees in large quantities, allowing us to receive a substantial discount off retail prices. We then package the trees for individual orders, passing the savings on to you.
The documents below will contain all of the information you'll need to place your order for trees, shrubs, prairie seed mixes and more! Please read the information carefully and order early. Supplies are limited.
Mail your order form along with payment, payable to:
Washington County Land & Water Conservation
333 E. Washington St. Suite 2300
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
2014 Tree Program Brochure (pdf)
2014 Tree Program Order Form (pdf)
2014 Prairie Seed & Accessories (pdf)
Planting Instructions (pdf)
Interested in renting a no-till seed drill from the DNR (Pike Lake)?
Contact Angie Rusch at 414.303.0111
ASH TREE REPLACEMENT OPTIONS:
Black Cherry, Black Walnut, Hackberry, Kentucky Coffeetree, Linden/Basswood, Red Maple, Red Oak, River Birch, Shagbark Hickory, Sugar Maple, Swamp White Oak, Tamarack
Even more information!
Prairie Seed Packages
Bluebird, Bat & Butterfly Houses
Rain Barrel Brochure (pdf)
Rain Reserve Diverter Kit (pdf)
rain reserve video - how it works! (youtube)
DRINKING WATER FACT SHEETS
Disinfection Byproducts (pdf)
E. coli (pdf)
Maternal and Child Health (pdf)
2014 Well Water Brochure (pdf)
What Is Available From UW-Stevens Point?
The Homeowners Package (pdf)
Interpreting Drinking Water Quality Results (pdf)
Determine The Location Of Your Well (pdf)
Urban and Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution
Wisconsin's rules to control polluted runoff from farms, as well as other sources, went into effect October 1, 2002. The state Legislature passed the rules to help protect Wisconsin's lakes, streams and groundwater.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rule NR 151 sets performance standards and prohibitions for farms. It also sets urban performance standards to contol construction site erosion, manage runoff from streets and roads, and manage fertilizer use on large turf areas.
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) rule ATCP 50 identifies conservation practices that individuals must follow to meet performance standards.
For More Information on Runoff Management in WI Visit...
Wisconsin's Runoff Info Website
West Bend, WI 53095
P: 262 335-4800