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Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • How do I get a zoning permit?

  • When do I need a permit from Land and Water Conservation?

  • How do I rezone my property?

  • Who can help me with shoreland erosion issues?

  • How do I prepare a nutrient management plan?

  • How do I report manure runoff?

  • What is cost sharing and what can it be used for?

  • Is there a fee for Land and Water Conservation staff assistance?

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.


Check here for an archived collection of agendas and minutes



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:

Barry Jacowski
Matt Jacowski
Julie Morrow
Mildred Neville
John Ruzicka, FSA
Gerry Zastrow

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