Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department

The purpose of the Land & Water Conservation Department is to provide for the conservation and wise use of the soil and water resources of the County. 

Various programs, activities and environmental concerns are identified each year, in order to carry out this purpose, as well as to fulfill a multitude of local, state and federal mandates.  Typical programming includes items such as:

  • Information and Education,
  • Soil Erosion Control,
  • Farmland Preservation Program,
  • Compliance, Food Security Act Cross Compliance,
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program,
  • Non-point Source Pollution Abatement,
  • Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation Ordinance,
  • Manure Storage & Nutrient Management Ordinance,
  • Livestock Siting Regulations,
  • Land & Water Resource Management Plan,
  • Potter's Field Management and
  • various Resource Enhancement Programs. 

Typical activities include items such as:

  • recognition of outstanding cooperators,
  • dissemination of soil survey and environmental information,
  • maintenance and enhancement of digital and hard copy conservation data,
  • development of conservation farm plans,
  • engineering assistance,
  • installation of conservation practices,
  • resource inventory and evaluation,
  • grant development,
  • cost-shared assistance,
  • tree planter rental,
  • tree seedling reforestation
  • assistance to other units of government, and
  • administration of the Rock Lake Priority Lake Project.


Contact Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department

Contact Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department

Mark Watkins
County Conservationist
311 S Center Ave
Rm 113
Jefferson, Wisconsin  53549-1701
Phone: (920) 674-7110
Fax: (920) 674-7114


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Jefferson County, Wisconsin