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
2024 Green Lake County Clean Sweep
will be August 9th from 11am-5pm
570 South Street in Green Lake (Green Lake County Fairgrounds)
New registration forms will be posted by June of 2024
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office at 920-294-4051
BELOW ARE SOME HELPFUL LINKS:
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
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Lakes, Streams, and Ponds Program
- Shoreline Erosion
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Lake Planning
Contact Derek Kavanaugh at email@example.com
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
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
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.
We have tree planters available for rent! If interested, please contact our office at 920-294-4051.
Crop Damage Protection
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
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 Lake
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
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.
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))
Youth Poster Contest
2024 Youth Conservation Poster Contest
The 2024 contest theme is “MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU ALWAYS”.
Forests are amazing ecosystems that are home to many plants and animals. Forests purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, prevent erosion, reduce flooding, and serve as buffers against climate change. Forests also produce a variety of products used by people, including lumber, paper, food, and medicine.
We invite Green Lake County K-12 students to create a poster illustrating why forests are important, and how we can protect and conserve forests so they will be with us always.
Green Lake County Entry Form – 2024 POSTER Contest Registration Form
Here’s a link to: CountyContest+Guidelines
Posters completed by Green Lake County students should be delivered to the Land Conservation Department in the Government Center (571 County Road A in Green Lake) by Friday, January 5, 2024.
Information for the 2024 contest theme can be found at the National Association of Conservation District’s website. NACD’s Stewardship Program webpage and grade-level tailored educational materials will be available at this link: NACD Conservation Education Hub (Available Now!)
WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
The Green Lake County Land Conservation Department along with the Land Conservation Committee, sponsors an annual Conservation Poster Contest.
This contest provides an opportunity for area youth to become more aware of the conservation of our natural resources and gives them the opportunity to use their artistic skills to inspire our community with a powerful environmental message.
The contest is open to students in grades K-12. Anyone can enter on their own since this does not have to be related to a school project. Contestants are grouped and judged based on their grade. (Primary K to 1, Elementary 2 to 3, Middle 4 to 6, Junior 7 to 9, Senior 10 to12 and Special Needs K-12).
This contest is one step in a journey to the national conservation poster competition. The County will award a first, second and third place cash prize to students in each age category. The first-place winners from our participating age groups move forward to the Lake Winnebago Land & Water “Area” competition to be held in late January 2024. The Lake Winnebago Area Association counties include Adams, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago Counties.
The first-place winners from the Area competition then move forward to the statewide competition which is held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association’s Annual Conference. Winners from the statewide competition advance to the national competition where entrants have a chance to win cash prizes. Check out contest information and see past state-level winners on the Wisconsin Land and Water Poster Contest webpage
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.
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.