Watershed Programs

Harvestable Buffer Program 

In an effort to compliment the conservation practices installed by producers in the Yahara River Watershed and further reduce Phosphorous losses from cropland, the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department developed the Harvestable Grass Buffer Program available to producers in the Yahara River and the Badfish Creek Watersheds for land located in Dane County.  This program will allow producers to establish a perennial grass cover which can be harvested and utilized while maintaining the environmental benefits of grass buffer strips.


Low Disturbance Manure Injection - Pilot Project

In efforts to improve water quality within the Yahara River Watershed, the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department in collaboration with Yahara Pride Farms, Clean Lakes Alliance, and Yahara WINs is offering a cost-share assistance program to producers for the purchase of Low Disturbance Manure Injection (LDMI) equipment. This program is available to producers who own or operate land located in the Yahara watershed that are currently either surface applying or incorporating manure. The program is intended to help offset some of the cost for producers to purchase the equipment that allows manure to be applied in a manner that greatly reduces its risk of entering nearby surface waters.  


Pleasant Valley Watershed (part of Gordon Creek Watershed)