Office & Hour Information

Office Location:
Columbia County Land & Water Conservation
Columbia County Annex Building
120 West Conant Street
Portage, WI 53901

Office Hours &Contact Information:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (608) 742-9670
Fax: (608) 742-9840

Mailing Address:
Columbia County Land & Water Conservation
P.O. Box 485
Portage, WI 53901

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Land & Water Conservation

Protecting, Preserving, and Enhancing the Natural Resources of Columbia County.

MISSION:  The conservation of land, water and other natural resources through the implementation of conservation programs; ordinances and regulations; information and education and technical assistance to ensure responsible land use management and preserve the resources for the future.

Technical Assistance: Provide local landowners, managers as well as units of government with technical assistance to find solutions to land and water resource management problems.

Conservation Information/Education: Conduct a variety of conservation educational programs in partnership with other agencies and organizations. Our target audience included everyone from young to old, urban to rural. Our goal is to provide landowners with as much information as possible about reducing water pollution as well as encouraging the protection of our natural resources.

Automation/GIS: Emphasize efficiency and quality for all LWCD services by utilizing computer technology where appropriate. Services currently utilizing this technology include; surveying, drafting, conservation planning, engineering, mapping, aerial photography, word processing, mailings, and publication development. With assistance from the LID Manager we plan to increase our office use and efficiency with the County's GIS system.

Financial assistance: Determine what financial assistance may be available to local landowners, managers, Towns, Villages, Cities, 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 and other incentive payments. Currently the LWCD administers several financial assistance programs.

Regulatory Activities: Administer local ordinances and program compliance requirements. This currently includes the Farmland Preservation Program, Animal Waste Storage Ordinance, and the Implementation of the Water Quality Performance Standards found in NR151.

NR 151: The DNR rule (NR151) sets performance standards for farms to prevent runoff and protect water quality. NR151 also has performance standards to control construction site erosion, manage runoff from new developments and roads, and more precisely use fertilizer on property over 5 acres. Meeting these standards will be challenging for everyone. Many farmers will be entitled to receive cost-sharing if they are required to comply with state standards.

ATCP 50: ATCP 50 - Soil and Water Resource Management Program Rule The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has made substantial changes to the administrative rule ATCP 50 - Soil and Water Resource Management Program. The program is designed to conserve Wisconsin's soil and water resources, reduce soil erosion, prevent nonpoint source pollution and enhance water quality. The new rule on soil and water conservation went into effect on October 1, 2002. This rule is part of a comprehensive redesign of Wisconsin's nonpoint pollution control programs, mandated by the Legislature in 1997. As part of the redesign, we must coordinate our efforts with the Department of Natural Resources. The new DNR rules set performance standards for farms to prevent runoff and protect water quality. The DATCP rule identifies the conservation practices for farmers to follow to meet the DNR standards.

ATCP 50 Rules and Regulations for Agriculture
What Farmers may need to know

Landowner Project Consultation: Part of the day to day service provided through the LWCD consists of acting as a project consultant. We provide a basic service to all landowners that request all forms of land use related information. We serve as a resource for reference material, maps, soils information and aerial photography. We also provide information about their potential need for various permits through DNR, Corps of Engineers, Planning and Zoning and other local municipalities. This is probably one of the most widely used resources the LWCD has to offer.

Current Events
Runoff Risk Advisory from DATCP - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Release Date:  9/14/16 Manure Runoff Article from DATCP


Annual Fall Tour October 3, 2016 - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Land & Water Conservation Dept hosted the annual Fall Tour on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 1-4 pm.  We visited 4 projects this year that have been completed or are in the process of completion:  CREP Site - Jason & Selina Hooker outside Portage; Shoreline Erosion projects - David Nordmark and Michael O'Mara in Lodi area; and Dairy Farm Non-point Source Pollution project-Paul Hellenbrand in Lodi township.



NOTICE:  The Portage Cross Country Team meet locations are held at the Wyona Park in Wyocena, WI. 

There is a Badger Challenge Meet scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2016 starting at 4:00 pm, consisting of 14 area schools.

The next meet is the Home Meet-Warrior Invitational which will take place Tuesday, September 27, 2016 starting at 4:00 pm, consisting of 12 schools.


Snowmobile Trails
If you would like an update on the Snowmobile Trails for 2016-2017, please call this 24 hour phone number - 608-227-7433, or else our office Mon-Friday, from 8:00 am-4:30 pm. If you are looking for a snowmobile trail map, we would be able to assist you with that request. The 2016-17 maps are out, the new maps 2017-18 will be ready for distribution around the middle of December.

Thank you and drive safe!


Empty Manure Storage Units
Letter from DATCP with information on emptying manure storage units before winter season.   read more...
Animal Storage Waste Permit form


File Transfer Portal
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