The Green Lake County Land Conservation Department provides conservation planning assistance and technical service in the area of soil and water conservation to landowners, land users, and decision makers of Green Lake County. Through the partnership with Federal, State, and local agencies and departments, the department offers numerous programs designed to protect and enhance the natural resources of Green Lake County.
Clean Sweep - Hazardous Waste Collection
2023 Green Lake County Clean Sweep
August 11th from 11am-5pm (E-Waste collection from 11am-3pm)
570 South Street in Green Lake (Green Lake County Fairgrounds)
EWASTE will be collected from 11am-3pm for a fee. Sees fees here.
TIRES will be collected for a fee. See fees here.
BELOW ARE SOME HELPFUL LINKS:
Household HazWaste Management Guide
Disposing of Home & Garden Pesticides
Disposing of Paint & Home Improvements Products
Disposing of Waste Oil & Automotive Products
How can I dispose of household hazardous waste any time of the year?
Veolia – Hazardous Waste Division
1275 Mineral Springs Dr.
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone 262-243-8998 for accepted items and disposal fees
Dane County Year-Round Clean Sweep Facility
7102 US Hwy 12
Madison, WI 53718
(Beltline/12/18 East toward Cambridge) across from the
Yahara Hills Golf Course at the Dane County Landfill
Tuesday thru Friday 7am-2:45pm
Phone 608-838-3212 or 608-243-0368
Call ahead for hours of operation and disposal fees
There are a variety of Federal, State, and Local Programs to help preserve and protect yours land and waters. Land Conservation Department Staff can help you select a program that is best suited to your needs.
Call or Email for an appointment. email@example.com
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
Wetland Reserve Program
Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Program
Conservation Reserve Program
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Land & Water Resource Management Program
Conservation Security Program
Managed Forest Law
Todd Morris – County Conservationist
Derek Kavanaugh – Soil Conservationist III
Jordan Dornfeld – Soil Conservationist II
Jocelyn Pausma – Soil Conservationist I
Parker Richter – Soil Conservationist I
Heidi Weishaar – Administrative Assistant
Nutrient Management Planning
Wisconsin State Law requires all lands to which nutrients are applied (manure or commerical fertilizer)to develop and follow a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP).
Plans can be written by a Certified Crop Consultant (CCA) or by the landowner, if they have attended a UWEX Certified Training Workshop.
Nutrient Management Planning
NMP Manure Restriction Maps
Soil Sampling Instructions
Land & Water Resource Management Plan
Wisconsin Statutes (Chapter 92.10) requires each county to prepare a Land & Water Resource Management (LWRM) plan for the purpose of conserving soil and water resources.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) approves the plan. DATCP approval allows the county to be eligible for annual funding. Citizen input on plan updates every 10 years is encouraged.
2018 Land & Water Resource Management PlanCopy Link
Erosion Concerns & Conservation Practices
Green Lake County Land Conservation Department offers engineering services for a variety of Conservation Practices.
Land Conservation Staff is available to provide design and engineering services to correct erosion and water quality problems.
Click HERE to see some examples of the hundreds of projects we have designed and installed.
Agricultural Performance Standards
Center for Watershed Science and Education
Gathering Water Conservancy
Lakes, Streams, and Ponds Program
- Shoreline Erosion
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Lake Planning
Contact Derek Kavanaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
WDNR Lake Maps
Lake Puckaway/Fox River
Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District
Lake Puckaway Lake Management Plan (2004)
Lake Puckaway Vegetation Survey (2005)
Lake Puckaway Environmental Integrity Report (2008)
Vegetation Trend Analysis Graph (Powerpoint) (2008)
Haystack Bay Vegetation Trend (Photos) (2008)
1941-2005 Puckaway Vegetation Poster (2010)
Lake Puckaway’s “Vanishing Act” (2010)
Shallow Water Lake/Reservoir Management (Links)
Shallow Water – Troubled Lakes (MNDNR)
Water Level Data
2004-2008 Water Levels at Princeton Locks (relative)
2008-2009 Water Level Gauging Stations (actual)
Current Water Levels
Lake Puckaway Improvement Association
Sign up to Volunteer for Lake Projects
Little Green Lake
Little Green Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District
Little Green Lake Watershed Assessment (2004)
Little Green Lake Sediment Basin Photos (2009)
Green Lake Sanitary District
Green Lake Association
2013 Lake Status
Big and Little Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes Association
Aquatic Invasive Plant Treatment Plan (2008)
2008 Pre-Treatment Survey
2008 Post-Treatment Survey
2009 Pre-Treatment Survey
2009 Post-Treatment Survey
2010 Pre-Treatment Survey
2010 Post-Treatment Survey
2011 Pre-Treatment Survey
2011 Post-Treatment Survey CLM EWM
Aquatic Invasives Sign Front Back
Invasive Species Program
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Environmental Resources Center: Invasives Species
Midwest Aquatic Plan Management Society
Angler Education Program (WDNR)
Boating Safety (WDNR)
Citizen Lake Monitoring Network
UW Extension Lakes Program
USGS: Lakes Program
Wisconsin Association of Lakes
Lake and River Data:
Berlin Monitoring Station (USGS)
Princeton Monitoring Station (USGS)
Sunset Park Monitoring Station (USGS)
White Creek Monitoring Station (USGS)
Puchyan River Monitoring Station (USGS)
Well Testing and Abandonment
Green Lake County Land Conservation Department provides cost-share funds for the abandonment of unused wells.
Cost-share funding is obtained through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s annual soil & water rescource management grant.
Cost-share contracts must be signed and approved prior to commencing any well abandonment work.
Complete the APPLICATION for consideration and mail it to:
Well Abandonment Program
Land Conservation Dept
571 County Road A
Green Lake WI 54941
or Call (920) 294-4051 for more information.
Unused wells are a direct conduit to groundwater contamination. Wells located in basements or in areas prone to flooding are of particular concern. Dug or drilled wells which are no longer in use qualify for funding assistance. Wells abandoned in conjunction with a new well construction do not qualify.
For water testing kits, contact the Health and Human Services Department at (920) 294-4070.
Tree & Plant Sales
Green Lake County does not conduct an annual tree sale since many of our surrounding counties provide this service.
Green Lake County area tree sales:
Wisconsin DNR Nursery Sales
Marquette County Tree Sale
Columbia County Tree Sale
Fond du Lac County Tree Sale
Dodge County Tree Sale
We have tree planters available for rent! If interested, please contact our office at 920-294-4051.Copy Link
Farmland Preservation Program (Working Lands Initiative)
The State of Wisconsin offers a Tax-Credit for agricultural landowners who meet applicable state soil and water conservation standards.
The Working Lands Initiative (WLI) of the Farmland Preservation Program took effect January 1, 2010. To continue receiving tax credits review this page.
For information on the program, or to sign up, email your name and address to:
Working Lands Initiative
St. Marie Ag Enterprise Area
- St. Marie Ag Enterprise Area Boundary
- Runoff Rules – What Farmers Need To Know
- How to Claim Farmland Preservation Tax Credit
- Apply for a Farmland Preservation Agreement (wi.gov)
FPP Eligibility and Information
- DATCP Home Farmland Preservation Tax Credits (wi.gov)
- 2020-Schedule FC-A-Instructions
- 2020-Schedule FC-A
Annual Compliance Certification (click here)Copy Link
Crop Damage Protection
The Land Conservation Department administers the Wisconsin Crop Damage Program for Green Lake County.
To sign-up call: 1-800-433-0663
For more information
USDA-APHIS – Animal and Plant Health Services
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Construction Site Erosion Control / Stormwater Management
Land disturbances over 2000 square feet or on slopes greater than 12% require a Construction Site Erosion Control Permit*
*Projects covered under a UDC Permit must follow a construction site erosion control as part of their UDC permit. County construction site erosion control permits are not required of these projects
Construction Site Erosion Control Permit Aplication – PDFCopy Link
County Plat Books
Plat Books Include:
- Land Ownership
- Public Lands
- Municipal Boundaries
- Section Lines
- Township Lines
- Index to Owners
- Index to Roads
Available at the Treasurer’s Office, Green Lake County Government Center, 571 County Road A, Green LakeCopy Link
Permits and Ordinances
Animal Waste Management Ordinance
Addendum A – Permit Flow Chart
Addendum B – Permit to Construct
Addendum C – Nutrient Management Req
Addendum D – Construction Cert Form
Addendum E – Permit to Close
Addendum F – Closure Cert Form
Addendum G – Closure Exemption
Addendum H – Inspection Report
Addendum I – Summary Sheet
WDNR Conservation Officers (Game Warden) – Green Lake County
Nate Ackerman – (920) 369-6028
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Green Lake County Field Office
Farm Service Agency (FSA) – Green Lake County
Green Lake Association
Green Lake Sanitary District
Green Lake Conservancy
Bur Zeratsky – (920) 539-3592
Woodland Invasive Species
Buckthorn Identification and Removal by University of Wisconsin
Weed of the Week – Common Buckthorn (US Forest Service)
Replacement Plants for Buckthorn
Buckthorn Removal Instructions (by Friends of the Parks)Copy Link
Raingardens are a great way to attract birds and butterflies to your yard while helping to improve water quality.
Students at St. John’s Catholic School in Princeton installed a Raingarden in 2008. (Photos)
Below are some great resources to find out more about Raingardens and how to build one.
10,000 Raingardens Project (Kansas City, MS)
Raingardens of Michigan (Michigan)
Great Lakes Brochure
RainScapes (Rockville, MD)
Raingardens: How to for Homeowners (Wisconsin-UWEX)
Raingardens: Improving Water Quality (Wisconsin-UWEX)
Raingarden Design (Low Impact Development Center)
Build your own Raingarden (Maryland-Baysavers)
Raingarden: Design Principles (Vancouver, Canada)
Raingarden: Technical Guide (Virgina, Dept. of Forestry)
Create A Garden (Michigan)
How to Design a Raingarden
Raingarden Manual of New Jersey
Raingardens: Sustainable School Projects
Native Plant Sources – Wisconsin (Wisconsin-UWEX))Copy Link
Youth Poster Contest
Green Lake County Conservation and Environmental Awareness Poster Contest
This contest is currently closed. Please check back this fall for the 2024 theme and registration information.
This annual contest is open to any Green Lake County youth Grades K-12. Anyone can enter on their own since this does not have to be related to a school project. This contest gives young people the opportunity to use their artistic skills to inspire our community with a powerful environmental message.
There are seven contest divisions by age.
Every entry will receive a certificate of participation and cash prizes are awarded to the top three posters in each age division.
2023 Poster Contest theme is “One Water”
The “One Water” theme focuses on the idea that waterways are connected throughout the watershed regardless of whether they are upstream, downstream, or on the coast.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2023 poster contest winners!!
|2023 List of Winners|
|Primary Division GRK-1|
|Elementary Division GR2-3|
|Middle Division GR4-6|
|Junior Division GR7-9|
|Senior Division GR10-12 (no entries this year)|
|Special Needs Division GR7-12|
Youth Summer Camps
Two Summer Camp opportunities for youth are available.
Students who will be entering Grades 6-8 in the fall of the current year
Middle School Camp at Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells.
Students who will be entering Grades 9-12 in the fall of the current year (must be 17 or under)
High School Camp at North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters.
Follow the above links for registration information and details.Copy Link
Available Bid Packets (Contractors Only)
Green Lake County Land Conservation Department has bid packets available for project designs produced by the LCD Office and cost-shared via the DATCP SWRM Program. Bids are solicited per LCC policy specified in the County’s Land and Water Resource Management Plan.
Current projects open for bids:
No bids open at this time
No Till Drill
No-till farming is a conservation practice that eliminates tillage operations prior to planting a crop. No-till planting can provide many benefits to the soil & growing crop. It reduces disturbances to the soil structure and keeps residue on top of the soil to armor it from wind and rain. No-tilling cover crops can add diversity, living roots, and residue to your fields during times a cash crop is not growing. Once a successful no-till system is established, many farmers note increased yield and profitability on their farms.
Green Lake County has a 10 foot wide Great Plains No-Till Drill that is available for farmers in Green Lake County to rent. A per-acre fee is charged for the rental of the drill. A signed Rental Agreement and proof of a liability insurance policy is required before the drill may be used.
The drill has three seed boxes to seed a variety of crops, cover crops, forages, waterways, and CRP mixes. It is a 15-row unit with 7.5 inch spacing and requires a 75 hp tractor with hydraulics.
Main Seed Box Calibration
Small Seed Box Calibration
Native Grass Box Calibration
Helpful YouTube Videos:
How to Use the No-Till Drill
How to Set the Planting Depth
Calibrating the Main Seed Box
Calibrating the Native Seed Box