Outagamie County Becomes the Pioneer for Drafting 9 Key Elements Plans

By Scott Hennelly – October 7, 2015 Watershed management is complex. Every land use activity—including farming, recreation, and urban living—affects its quality. Therefore, writing good plans to protect, restore, and monitor these watersheds is essential to keeping them healthy. But where do you start? In Outagamie County, plans started when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required watershed management projects to …

County and Landowners Team Up to Combat Erosion on Silver Lake

By Scott Hennelly – October 16, 2015 In the heart of Washington County lies Silver Lake—a modestly sized, spring fed lake that begins a chain of waterways spanning across the county. While its shoreline is mostly residential, you can find a piece in the northwest corner next to the lake’s outlet into Silver Creek that remains undeveloped. However, during this …

Ashland County is Wetland Country: Restoration of Ashland County’s Wetlands Continue to Expand

By Scott Hennelly – November 16, 2015 Did you know that over 75% of Ashland County is wet?—that is if you count the area covered by Lake Superior, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. And the Ashland County Land and Water Conservation Department and its partners plan to continue increasing that percentage by protecting and restoring wetlands that have been lost …

Restore the Shore: A New Shoreline Restoration Project is Floating Around Shawano Lake

By Scott Hennelly – October 26, 2015 Wisconsin is home to over 15,000 lakes. And with more and more people living on lakefront property, preserving and restoring shorelines has become an increasingly important issue. But how do you encourage people to restore their shorelines? This was the question Shawano County Conservationist Scott Frank asked himself as he looked to improve …

The Memo on Demos: Demonstration Farms in Brown and Outagamie County promote soil conservation

By: Scott Hennelly – May 13, 2016 If Wisconsin’s soil was a house, it’d be due for an inspection. Tilling, which is practiced on 96% of the cropland in Wisconsin1, breaks down the soil structures that house benefitical microbial life. “When you run a bulldozer through your house, the structure is destroyed. It’s basically the same thing when we till …

Maintaining the Rush: Pierce County partners with local farmers to preserve pristine waters

By: Scott Hennelly – May 16, 2016 Go to the banks of the Rush River in Pierce County on any summer weekend and you’re sure to find plenty of anglers. The Rush, stretching for 50 miles with around 2,500 trout per mile, sees plenty of visitors every year to fish and enjoy its waters. However, in recent decades warm, sediment …

Unique buffer program protects Dane County watersheds

By: Scott Hennelly – June 1, 2016 Lake Mendota is widely recognized as the most studied lake in North America, but most people ask just one simple question—”Why is it dirty?”. ‘Dirty’ usually refers to the algae, which blooms excessively in the spring and summer and causes water to smell and become toxic. But while the algae problem is seen …