Land Conservation Ordinances

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Animal Waste Management

Animal waste storage structures not meeting current technical design and construction standards may cause pollution of surface water and groundwater.  This may cause harm to the health of county residents, livestock, aquatic life, animals, plants or other detrimental impacts to the environment.  This ordinance allows staff to provide effective, practical and environmentally safe methods of storing, spreading, and managing animal waste.


Chapter 20, Article XIII Animal Waste Management


Livestock Facility Siting

  Livestock Siting   Livestock Siting

Chapter 20-1167  Livestock Facility Siting

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Regulations


Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation

Land Conservation staff conduct reclamation plan reviews, on-site mine reclamation inspections, and site plan related analysis in reference to non-metallic mining compliance.  Our staff works closely with private sector geologists, environmental specialists, and reclamation managers to ensure compliance.  Staff reviews include analysis of setbacks, slopes, topsoil replacement, plantings, erosion control, and other site specific concerns.  Once the non-metallic mine is fully reclaimed, the site becomes a valid asset for agriculture, wildlife habitat or residential/commercial/industrial development.  Without proper reclamation, the scarred land could be left in an undesirable state of overburden stockpiles, dangerous vertical slopes, unwanted substances, and potentially pollute surface or groundwater.


Non Metallic Mining  Non Metallic Mining

Chapter 12.5  Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation


Shoreland Zoning

Shoreland is defined as the area with the following distances from the ordinary high-water mark of navigable waters. 

  • One thousand feet (1000') from a lake, pond or flowage.
  • Three hundred feet (300') from a river or stream or to the landward side of the floodplain, whichever distance is greater.

Our staff reviews plans for erosion control, vegetation removal, slope stabilization, re-vegetation and other site specific impacts of the proposed projects.


Chapter 20 Shoreland Zoning