Established under Chapter 92, State Statutes, the Portage County Land and Water Conservation Division (LWCD) is located within the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department. The LWCD's focus is on protection and improvement of the County's land and water resources by implementing a variety of County, State, and Federal programs. The Portage County Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) Plan was approved by the County Board on January 21, 2020, and serves as the document for guiding LWCD activities for the years 2019 through 2029.
PORTAGE COUNTY LAND and WATER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
Staff of the Land and Water Conservation Division (LWCD) take direction from the Land and Water Conservation Committee (LWCC), a statutory body made up of five County Board Supervisors, and the chair or designee of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee.
2020-2022 LWCC Members:
John Ruzicka, FSA
Land and Water Conservation Division Staff:
Steve Bradley, County Conservationist
Dan O’Connell, Senior Conservation Technician
Tracy Arnold, Conservation Technician
Patty Benedict, Administrative Associate II