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
What Is Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous waste items include: agricultural chemicals, lawn and garden products, household cleaners, poisons, oil based paints and paint related products, rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, swimming pool chemicals, antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, waste oil, and/or anything labeled as caustic, poisonous, flammable, toxic etc. These products should not be thrown away with your regular trash or poured down your drain. Instead they should be saved for a Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep collection, where they will be recycled, neutralized, incinerated for waste-to-energy, or otherwise properly disposed of.
Clean Sweep 2020 will be August 14th from 11am-5pm at
570 South Street in Green Lake (Green Lake County Fairgrounds)
In an effort to keep everybody safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, please have all your disposables in the trunk, in the bed of a pickup truck, or on a trailer. No staff shall enter into the backseat area or front seat area of any vehicle.
Chemical items are FREE to dispose of for Green Lake County residents and landowners.
Businesses must pay a disposal fee. Please call with quantities to obtain a quote.
EWASTE will be collected for a fee Click here to see prices.
Household EWASTE includes things like microwaves, dehumidifiers, window air conditioners, TVs, VCRs, personal computers (PCs) and computer components, monitors and cathode ray tubes (CRTs), office equipment, calculators, game systems, phones, wires/cables, etc….
TIRES will be collected for a fee. Click here to see prices.
The following items will NOT be accepted.
Ammunition and Explosives (dynamite, fireworks)
Appliances and Freon Gases
High Pressure Cylinders (propane)
Infectious/Biological Waste (sharps)
Medicines (prescription and over the counter)
Radioactive Materials (smoke detectors)
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. 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
Paul Gunderson – County Conservationist
Jordan Dornfeld – Soil Conservationist I
Tom Jonker – Soil Conservationist I
Derek Kavanaugh – Soil Conservationist II
Todd Morris – Soil Conservationist III
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
PO Box 3188
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 conjuction 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.
Farmland Preservation Program (Working Lands Initiative)
The State of Wisconsin offers a Tax-Credit for agricultural landowners who develop and follow a nutrient management and conservation plan.
The Working Lands Initiative (WLI) of the Farmland Preservation Program took effect January 1, 2010. To continue receiving tax credits review this page.
A Conservation Plan identifies potential erosion concerns, and identifies crop rotations and tillage practices, based on slopes and soil types, which reduce average soil erosion rates.
For information on the program, or to sign up, email your name and address to:
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
2020 edition – $30 + tax
2016 edition – $20 + tax
2014 edition – $20 + tax
2011 edition – $10 + tax
Earlier editions available upon request.
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
2020 Green Lake County Conservation and Environmental Awareness Poster Contest
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.
2020 Poster Contest theme is “Where would we BEE without pollinators”
Click here for complete rules & registration form.
|Help yourself to these fun activity pages!:|
|Booklet 1 GRK-1|
|Booklet 2 GR2-3|
|Booklet 3 GR4-5|
|Booklet 4 GR6&Up|
|List of 2020 Winners!|
|Primary Division GRK-1|
|Elementary Division GR2-3|
|Middle Division GR4-6|
|Junior Division GR7-9|
|Senior Division GR10-12|
|Winners reported in county newspapers April 25, 2019|
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
Sand Lake Conservation Camp at Camp Bird Youth Camp in Marinette County, Wisconsin
Students who will be entering Grades 9-12 in the fall of the current year (must be 17 or under)
Wisconsin Youth Conservation Camp
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:
None at this time
Note: Site viewings will only be conducted for contractors with bid packets.
Bid Packets are $15 per copy.To order a Bid Packet – Call (920) 294-4051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org