Land Conservation

Challenging Fall Conditions and Manure Management Options


Agricultural fields are wet making it challenging to finish the fall harvest and apply nutrients where needed causing manure storages to be fuller than usual this time of year.  What options are there to manage manure during this challenging season? Check out this document (PDF) with recommendations may help to minimize the risk of manure runoff or manure storage overtopping. Contact the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department if you need assistance in identifying manure management options for your farm.

In the event of a manure spill, manure runoff event, manure storage overtopping, etc., contact the WDNR Spills Hotline at 1-800-943-0003 to report the spill. Remember, an accidental spill is not illegal.  Failure to report the spill is. More information is available on the Wisconsin DNR website.

The Land Conservation Division is one of four divisions of the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department.  The division helps landowners plan, design, and implement conservation practices with the goal of protecting water quality and conserving soil in Dane County.  Our goal is to provide conservation planning assistance and technical service in the area of soil and water conservation to landowners, land users, and decision-makers of Dane County, Wisconsin. 

Technical Assistance

The Land Conservation Division's most significant functions are providing technical service and conservation planning assistance to landowners and units of government to help them meet their conservation objectives.  Some of the technical assistance that staff provide include: conservation planning, site evaluation for best management practices, survey and design work for agricultural practices. 

There are a number of conservation programs available. Land Conservation Division staff may be able to assist you in determining if your land is suitable/ eligible and help you through the application and program implementation process.

In general, staff first assess any sources of erosion or pollution with the landowner and draft suggested solutions. If the landowner decides to install conservation practices, staff supervise the design and construction of the project and certifies it upon completion.

Staff provides support to federal, state and local programs in order to protect soil resources, improve water quality for both agricultural and non-agricultural land.  Examples of agricultural conservation practices that we can help with:

  • Grassed Waterways

  • Filter Strips

  • Harvestable Buffers

  • Wetland Restorations

  • Cover Crops

  • Rotational Grazing Plans

  • Low Disturbance Manure Injection

Contact the Dane County Land Conservation Staff for any questions.