Upcoming Groundwater Testing Program
Pre-Register Now for Groundwater Testing Day
WHO: Private Well Owners in the Town of Stockbridge and Charlestown
Homeowner’s Package $47.00 (Includes: coliform bacteria, nitrates, pH, alkalinity, hardness, chlorides, conductivity, and corrosivity index)
Metals Package $26.00* (Includes: arsenic, calcium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, sulfate, and zinc)
Arsenic Only FREE*
DACT screen (for Atrazine pesticides) $27.00
Group Testing Package $94.00* (Includes homeowner’s package, metals package, and DACT)
* Prices reflect a $16.00 discount towards arsenic testing. Homeowner’s package (or Group Testing package) is required to receive discount. Discount limited to the first 120 people who register.
HOW: Pre-register with the Calumet Co Land & Water Cons Dept by March 2, 2012
Tuesday, March13, 2012
Pick up you sample kits at the Stockbridge Community Center between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Receive instruction on how to take sample
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Pick up you sample kits at the Charlestown Town Hall between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Receive instruction on how to take sample
Monday, March 19, 2012
Take your sample according to the instructions
Return your sample kit to the respective Town Hall between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Technical Assistance is available to provide local landowners, managers and local units of government with technical assistance to find solutions to land and water resource management problems.
A variety of conservation educational programs are conducted in partnership with other agencies and organizations. Our target audience includes everyone from young to old, urban to rural. We educate landowners, producers and the general public about the importance of soil and water conservation and encourage the implementation conservation practices. During the spring of 2000, the LWCD completed the first addition of what would become a quarterly informational newsletter. Its purpose is to highlight issues and programs related to natural resource management.
Our department heavily persues opportunities to recieve grant funds to assist producers and landowners with conservation practices. 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. The LWCD generally recieves funds every year from the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to install and implement agricultural conservation practices including barnyards, waterways, leachate collection system, manure storage, well abandonments, and nutrient managment. Additional funds become available from time to time. The LWCD is always seeking operators and landowners who are interested in financial assistance to install conservation practices. Additional funding opportunities are also available through the USDA-NRCS located in our office.
The LWCD administers several County ordinances and state programs including:
- Manure Storage and Runoff Managment Ordinance
- Erosion Control & Post-Construction Stormwater Managment Ordinance
- Well Abandonment Ordinance
Working Lands (Farmland Preservation) Tax Credit Program Compliance
Landowner Project Consultation:
Part of the day-to-day services 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.
Land and Water Resource Managment Plan
The Land and Water Conservation Committee and Department is in the process of updating of our Calumet County Land and Water Resource Management Plan for 2012 - 2016. This document serves as our multi-year strategic plan and determines how Calumet County, partnering agencies and citizen groups will work together to assist all residents in improving and protecting our land and water resources. It details our major land and water resource concerns and the tools and timeline that we will use to address these concerns. The daily activities of our staff are guided by this plan. It also helps us to bring in state and federal grant funds to cost share conservation practices with County residents.
The update process will be completed by April, 2012 and will include public input, a public hearing, and approval by state agencies and the Calumet County Board. Draft copies of the revised plan will be available by clicking here and in our office. Watch your newspapers for announcements of the meetings, hearing, and availability of the draft plan. Please contact or stop by our office for further information.
DRAFT - Land & Water Resource Management Plan 2012 - 2016
Wisconsin Statutes (Chapter 92.10) requires each county to prepare a Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) plan as a condition of state grants through the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). This new planning process was adopted in October of 1997. It is intended to be more comprehensive by including local citizen input into the County’s local natural resource management issues. A new Plan was developed in 2006 and is in effect from 2007 through 2011.