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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 June 16, 2009, and serves as the document for guiding LWCD activities for the years 2009 through 2019.

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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.

2018-2020 LWCC Members:

Barry Jacowski, Chair
Dale O'Brien, Vice-Chair
Julie Morrow, Secretary
Roger Bacon
Bob Gifford
Gerry Zastrow

Land and Water Conservation Division Staff:

Steve Bradley, County Conservationist
Dan O’Connell, Senior Conservation Technician
Randy Slagg, Conservation Technician
Patty Benedict, Administrative Associate II


2018 Land+Water Conservation Association Annual Conference Awards

The following were among the awards presented at the WI Land+Water Conservation Association Annual Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort on Thursday, March 15

Cons Awards Eron-OConnell

Left to right:  Melissa and John Eron, Eron Agronomics, receive the 2018 Conservation Steward award from Jim VandenBrook, WI Land+Water Executive Director, Greg Baneck, WI Land+Water Executive Committee President, and Dan O'Connell, Award Presenter, Portage County Land and Water Conservation Division.

The Erons were nominated by the Portage and Wood County Land and Water Conservation offices for their outstanding conservation efforts and ethic.


Left to right:  Jim VandenBrook, Dan O'Connell, Greg Baneck.

Dan O'Connell received the 2018 WI Land+Water Outstanding Conservation Employee in the Technician category for his outstanding service in conservation departments in Jackson County (4 years), Wood County (4 years), and Portage County (19 years).