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2014 Conference

2014 Conference Sessions


OPENING LUNCHEON: WI Land+Water Welcome, Gordon Stevenson and Winning Youth Speeches

Technology, Its Benefits and Ways to Fund It: Outagamie County LCD discussed how they have benefited from utilizing technology like CAD, GIS, GPS and LiDAR Data, how they are all related, possible ways to fund technology and what the future holds. Speaker: Jeremy Freund, Outagamie County LCD.

Implementing Adaptive Management & Water Quality Trading: This session reviewed Adaptive Management and Water Quality Trading focusing on implementation. Topics included inventory work, best management practices, monitoring, modeling and pollutant load reduction calculation. Speakers: Kevin Kirsch and Amy Callis, WDNR. 1.0CEU Nutrient Management

When is a Barnyard Out of Compliance? Determining when a barnyard is not compliant with state standards can be challenging and affects eligibility for the Farmland Preservation program. Approaches to compliance varies across the state. Learn how several counties work with landowners to make these decisions. Speakers: Todd Boehne, DATCPLynda Schweikert, Grant County LWCDPaul Tollard, Fond du Lac LWCD.

Getting Grassroots Support for County Conservation:  With budget cuts, mergers and consolidations, county conservation offices are struggling to not just maintain staffing and work load, they’re fighting for their identity and legitimacy. In this session, learn about the value of mobilizing local citizens in support of your LCD and some tips for useful collaboration. Speakers: Denny Caneff, River Alliance of Wisconsin; Greg Cleereman, Marinette County LWCDDan Masterpole, Chippewa Co. Land Conservation & Forest Management Dept.Jim Hebbe, Green Lake County.


8:00am-9:15am BREAKOUT SESSIONS 
Who’s Got Money: Funding Opportunities Beyond State Grants: State grants are not keeping up with the needs of local conservation programming. Hear about funding sources and partners who may be able to boost your program. Panelists: Jim VandenBrook, WI Land+Water; Christopher Ertman, Sheboygan County LWCD; John Nelson, The Nature Conservancy; Robin Schmidt, DNR Clean Water Fund. View the WI Land+WaterLWCD/TNC and DNR's presentations. 

Soil Health-Getting the Word Out: This session demonstrated the use of the aggregate stability, infiltration, and rainfall simulator tests to show the importance of developing Soil Health Management Systems for production and environmental improvements. In addition, planning experiences from successful, yet differently structured, field days in Dodge and Washington Counties were shared.Speakers: Brian Briski, NRCS; Stephanie Egner, Washington County LWCDRobert Bird, Dodge County LCD. 1.0CEU Soil Water Management

Rotational Grazing: How to Sell the Benefits of this Practice to Farmers: Participants learned how to get farmers interested in managed grazing by holding quality educational sessions, selling the economic, labor and animal health benefits along with getting farmers started successfully. Also discussed was how managed grazing can be a natural segway into organic management. Speakers: Paul Daigle, Marathon Co. Conservation, Planning and Zoning Dept., and Ben Wojahn, Vernon County LWCD. 

Heavy Ag Loads: Preserving and Protecting Rural Roads: As agricultural equipment has gotten larger, the conflict between manure, grain and forage hauling and local governments that maintain roads has increased. Local road restrictions can severely hamper the ability of farmers to implement their nutrient management plans. This session focused on simple, easy steps that can be taken to reduce damage potential, increase road life, and reduce conflicts between road use and nutrient management plan implementation. Speaker: Kevin Erb, UW-Extension.

Planning for Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFOs) in Kewaunee CountyLearn about the growth of CAFOs in Kewaunee County, local CAFO issues and opportunities, effectively working with CAFO consultants, and what the future may hold. Speakers: Andy Wallander, Kewaunee County LWCD and Jen Keuning, Environmental Scientist, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates.

Effective Conservation Photography:  Nearly everyone is "a photographer," but not everyone knows how to take effective photographs. Attendees learned how to use color, composition, lighting, cropping, and basic digital editing to document your projects, as well as how to create an effective story through photographs. Speaker: Bill Pielsticker, Center for Photography at Madison. 

Waste Management Standards: Lessons Learned after 1 Year of Implementation: Review of key learnings/issues from installations meeting the updated standards 313,634 and 629, including an extended Q&A for what’s been happening on the ground. Speakers: Ralph Hemling, DATCP and Dean Sylla, NRCS. View the NRCS and DATCP presentations.

Connecting Conservation with Youth: Education in America is changing rapidly, and many new opportunities exist to incorporate high school youth into the work of land conservation programs. As the expectations for high schools increase, counties across Wisconsin can benefit from increased opportunities for involvement with students in issue related to conservation and natural resources.Speakers: Jeff Hicken, Education Consultant/FFA Advisor, Dept. of Public Instruction and Craig Kohn, Agricultural Science Dept., Waterford Union High School.

Water Conservation for Irrigated Agriculture and Dairy Farming: This session highlighted on-farm practices that can conserve water which may also lead to reduced energy bills, reduced inputs and increased efficiency. Topics included new developments in irrigation efficiency, water reuse in dairy production and general farming practices that promote efficient use of water. Presenters also introduced Wisconsin DNR’s new water conservation and efficiency program and described cost sharing that could be available to implement new practices. Speakers: Todd Boehne, DATCP and Robert Smail, WDNR. 1.0CEU Soil Water Management. View DATCP and DNR's presentations.

Waushara County staff and UWSP's Nancy Turyk shared details about their Lakes Classification Project which began in 2010 with Phase 1- Shoreline Inventory. The project is now entering into its 4th year (Phase III) of the project. Come see how they have partnered with UW-Stevens Point to collect, analyze and record the data now being used to begin the lake management planning process and what is being planned for the future. Next, Lisa Burns from Washburn County shared her county’s purple loosestrife control efforts. A wetland invasive species, purple loosestrife was documented in Washburn County in the 1980's. County-wide bio-control efforts began in 2006 and herbicide application was incorporated as a management tool in 2010. With the help of the WNDR, lake organizations and schools, both management techniques have helped accelerate the control process which is showing positive results.

The Conservation Stewardship Program: What it Can Mean for You and Your Operations: The NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program rewards operators implementing current conservation practices on their lands and provides financial incentives to take your commitment to conservation to the next level. This session touched on effective nutrient management enhancements and highlight additional popular program enhancements. Speakers: George Reistad, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Eric Allness, NRCS.

Effective Conservation Photography: (repeat) Nearly everyone is "a photographer," but not everyone knows how to take effective photographs. In this session you will learn how to use color, composition, lighting, cropping, and basic digital editing to document your projects, as well as how to create an effective story through photographs.  Speaker: Bill Pielsticker, Center for Photography at Madison. 

Using GIS and LiDAR to Target Conservation Efforts:  This session showcased how GIS and mapping can be used to aid in conservation. Included was a presentation by DNR on how LiDAR Data and GIS are being utilized in the TMDL implementation process. Speakers: Jeremy Freund, Outagamie County LCD and Theresa Nelson, WDNR. View the Outagamie County and DNR presentations

Agency Partner Updates on Rules and 590 Standard:  Staff from DATCP, DNR and NRCS provided updates on their respective rules programs, as well as an update on the NRCS 590 Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard which is expected to be completed in 2014. 

What's New in Shoreland Zoning and the Scientific Research Behind It: In this session the recent research related to protecting lakes and through shoreland zoning was presented.. Key topics included how impervious surfaces impact fish, loons and waterfront property values, plus how lake quality compares in states with and without shoreland zoning. Speaker: Lynn Markham, Land Use Specialist, UW-Extension Center for Land Use Education. 

Hands On SnapPlus2 Training: Learn how to use SnapPlus2 for conservation planning, farmer training, transect survey, and plan review. It’s a great educational tool to improve water quality and farm profitability. Speakers: Sue Porter and Mark Jenks, DATCP. 1.0CEU Nutrient Management

Linking Volunteer Stream Monitoring with County Data Needs This session provided an overview of the types of data volunteers collect in Wisconsin streams and describe training and quality assurance procedures followed. An exploration of county data needs, with special focus on land and water management plans, followed. A framework for effectively working with volunteer monitors to fill such needs was shared. Speaker: Kris Stepenuck, Water Action Stream Monitoring Program Director, UW-Extension and WDNR. 

LCC Training: WI Land+Water Overview and Working with LCDs and Agency Partners: Geared towards newer supervisors, this session provided pertinent information on WI Land+Water , its partners, and key programs. Speakers: Jim VandenBrook, WI Land+Water , and Greg Baneck, Outagamie County LCD.


Managing Nitrates in Groundwater: Nitrate is Wisconsin’s most pervasive groundwater contaminant. Additional health effects continue to be found. New agricultural techniques coupled with groundwater methods provide opportunities to lessen the health risk. Speaker: Mary Ellen Vollbrecht, WNDR. 1.0CEU Nutrient Management

Exploring Lake Partnerships:  How Wisconsin Lakes, Local Lake Organizations, and You Can Promote Healthy Lakes and Strong Lake Policy:  How can county staff engage lake organizations, and what do those organizations need from you? Wisconsin Lakes is the statewide organization for lakes, and many lake organizations are our members. This session aimed to discuss how we can all work together to enhance lake protection on both a local and state level through education and promotion of good policies and adequate budgetary funding, as well as upcoming budget and policy initiatives of our organization. Speaker: Michael Engelson, Wisconsin Lakes. 

Implementing the “New” Farmland Preservation Program: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly:  DATCP staff provided an update regarding state Farmland Preservation Program (FPP) implementation, including conservation compliance.  Marathon County staff talked about their successes, trials and tribulations with implementing the “new” FPP. This includes increasing participation through Agricultural Enterprise Areas, getting conservation on the ground with Agricultural Performance Standards and Prohibitions implementation, reviewing, tracking and reporting performance status to participants, and dealing with the challenges of staffing financial constraints.  Speakers: Paul Daigle, Kirk Langfoss and Angela Wenninger, Marathon County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Dept.; Alison Volk and Sue Porter, DATCP

Social Media: Creating the Conversation: Social media opened a whole new realm for agency outreach with the public. While social media channels like Facebook, Twitter YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIN and others help spread messages over a wider audience, they also come with a price. Lean the ins and outs of social media in this breakout session. Speaker: Trish Nitschke, WDNR. 

Maintaining Authority of LCCs and Effectiveness of LCDs: Learn about the role of LCC supervisors in an era of county restructuring and tight budgets, and hear about ongoing discussions between WI Land+Water and the Wisconsin County Code Administrators. Speaker: Jim VandenBrook, WI Land+Water

9:15am-10:15am BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Adaptive Management-Pollutant Trading Feasibility StudyThis presentation outlined the phosphorus loadings from the City of Hartford wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) and the load reductions theoretically necessary to bring the WWTF to a 6-month average phosphorus limit of 0.075 mg/L. Considering Adaptive Management-Pollutant Trading, a large area of farmland was evaluated by Washington County to determine the optimal Best Practices to reduce runoff. The practices, modeling and the theoretical quantity of reductions in the 730 acre study were presented. Challenges to an AM/PT program were summarized. Speakers: Paul Sebo, Washington County LWCD and Dave Arnott, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc .1.0CEU Nutrient Management

Wisconsin’s Nutrient Reduction StrategyThis session provided an overview of the Wisconsin Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Topics included the purpose of the strategy, how it was developed, what are the next steps, and what does it mean for you. Speaker: Amy Callis, WDNR. 1.0CEU Nutrient Management

Industrial Sand Mining and Local Government in Wisconsin Ordinances:  This session reviewed the status of local government control issues in relation to industrial sand mining. Speakers: Dan Bahr, WI Counties Association and Rick Stadelman, WI Towns Association. (No Power Points used in this session.)