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Partners in Implementing Source Water Protection

Opportunities to implement source water protection programs

Connect with water operators

From a large municipal facility to the rural bar on the corner, operators have an obligation to provide safe, clean water to their customers. Though the standards vary slightly based on the population they serve, they must maintain levels below the limit. Conservationist can play an important role by providing leadership to find landuse alternatives before drinking water standards exceed and operators must surrender to costly engineering solutions.

Contact Andrew Aslesen at Wisconsin Rural Water Association to connect with water utilities or Beth Finzer to connect with non municipal operators (restaurants, schools, campgrounds).

Access public groundwater data to learn more about well locations and water quality in your county. 


DATCP Nutrient Management Farmer Education Program

Consider NMFE funding when implementing your groundwater education program.  

NMFE grant program homepage


DNR Targeted Runoff Management Grant Program

Most counties utilize DNR TRM grants to help cost-share conservation practices to protect or restore nearby streams, but it can be used to protect groundwater too. Small or large, TMDL or not, consider TRM grants for wellhead protection. 

Learn more about the different types of funding through the TRM grant program website. 


Partnering with Public Health

County Public Health Departments may be just across the hall or buildings away, and are often supporting programs that might mirror conservation programs. Many counties have joined partnerships with their local public health colleagues to combine education and private sampling programs. Reach out and learn more about county goals and opportunities for shared resources. 

DHS Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
DHS Water Quality 


Partnering with DNR Biologists

Do you have a long-term trend station in your watershed? Do you know how to access water quality data? Do you know your regional DNR biologists? Learn more and maximize your monitoring program by connecting with DNR biologists. 

Find your biologist and learn more about the monitoring program.


Partnering with Volunteers

Whether partnering with stream or lake monitoring programs or private well sampling, connecting with the public is a great way to increase awareness and maximize your data-set. If you don't have an established citizen program, consider applying for a DNR Citizen-based Monitoring grant.

Water Action Volunteers
Citizen Lake Monitoring Network
Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Grants