A Winter Storm Advisory and Watch will be in Effect for Portage County this weekend (2/23 and 2/24). Take appropriate measures to protect yourself and prepare for hazardous weather conditions. For more information, go to: https://www.weather.gov/grb/. Click here for a list of warming centers in Portage County and their hours (updated 1/30/19).
Cost sharing is funding assistance to landowners found to be eligible for financial help to install conservation practices. Some common practices are:
Diversions - used to protect areas from soil erosion and to keep livestock feedlots dry and minimize potential manure runoff by diverting runoff water around the area.
Field windbreaks - used to control soil erosion by reducing wind velocities at the land surface. Refer to the Central Wisconsin Windshed Partnership Group(CWWP) webpage
Grade stabilization structures - used to prevent gullies from forming.
Riparian buffers - establishing/enhancing vegetation to provide wildlife habitat and reduce sediment, nutrients and pollutants from entering surfacewater.
Streambank and shoreline protection - planting vegetation to create wildlife habitat and protect the banks of streams and lakes against erosion.
Wetland development or restoration - construction of shallow water areas or destruction of tile line or drainage ditch functions to create or restore wildlife habitat.
Manure storage systems - a structure that stores manure, which increases available nutrients for crops and leads to savings on purchased fertilizers. A permit is required for all manure storage systems. The LCD highly recommends a minimum of six months capacity so winter spreading and manure runoff violations can be avoided.
Barnyard runoff control system - a concrete barnyard system used to contain manure in areas of concentrated livestock activity, which minimizes potential manure runoff violations.