Land & Water Management

Mission Statement


It is our mission to work with our community to improve land and water management practices to improve and preserve Ozaukee County's natural resources for generations to come. 

Natural Resource Conservation Service Program Signup Deadline Approaching, May 21, 2021 

  • RCPP-MMSD2: Field Borders, filter strips, Pasture Planting, Grazing, No-Till/Cover Crops, Grassed Waterway
  • GLRI: Waste Storage & Abandonment, No-Till & Cover Crops, Grazing, Buffers, Grassed Waterway
  • Soil Health: A combination of all of the following on all fields: No-Till, Cover Crops & either already implementing or will be implementing Nutrient Management
  • Conservation Activity Plans: CNMP’s, Forestry Activity Plans – for both forest owner renewing their MFL or other forestry owners who don’t want to enroll in MFL, but would like to better manage their forest
  • Honey Bee: Pollinator Habitat grasses/shrubs, Grazing, 


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT NRCS WEST BEND OFFICE AT 

262-335-4860 Ext. 2359

Fall cover crop planting

A good first step to improving soil health is to make cover crops an integral part of a cropping system.  Establishing cover crops can improve soil health, as they help develop an environment that sustains and nourishes plants, soil microbes and beneficial insects.  A good goal is to have a mix which contains a grass, legume and a forb.  Remember a diverse mixture of  cover crops may improve soil health, soil function, reduces costs and could increase profitability.  Four basic principles to improve soil health are:

1. Keep the soil covered as much as possible

2. Keep plants growing throughout most of the year to feed the soil

3. Manage soils more by disturbing them less

4. Use plant diversity to increase diversity in the soil

Now would be a good time to think about planting a Fall cover crop after winter wheat; soybean and corn silage harvest. Contact the Ozaukee County Land and Water to see if your farm fields are eligible for cost share funds to try out this conservation practice.  The phone number is 262 284 8272.

Below are a few pictures of cover crops interseeded into corn this past July.


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2018 Ozaukee Dirt Newsletter

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Cooperative Programs

Discover more specific information about various cooperative programs.
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Cost Share Programs

Read about various national and federal programs aimed at helping land owners, conservation, and wildlife management.  Link to page

Regulatory Programs

Browse through the regulatory programs offered by the land and water management department.  Link to page

Contractor List (Plumbers)

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Friends of the Cedarburg Bog

The Cedarburg Bog was designated a State Natural Area in 1952: it was the second property in the state added to this program. It is currently owned primarily by the DNR and the University of Wisconsin, with some private inholdings.
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Non-Metallic Mining

Find basic permits, regulatory plans, and basic information about non-metallic mining here. Link to page

Shoreline Stability

View information on shoreline stability, erosion, and find helpful resources.
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Ulao Creek

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Flood Protection

Learn how to take action in protecting your family, property, and self from floods.

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Shoreland Zoning Permit Application

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