Land and Water Conservation Department

The Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD) is dedicated to providing a full range of professional services in the planning, design, and implementation of programs and projects that PROTECT, RESTORE and SUSTAIN the natural resources of Winnebago County.

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In Wisconsin, locally-led conservation is key to healthy soils, resilient farms, clean water, and vibrant communities. The Winnebago County LWCD staff consists of 9 County employees, with backgrounds in soil and water conservation, resource management, agronomy, watershed management, geography, environmental science, natural resources, graphic design, communications, and geographic information systems. LWCD staff are trusted advisors to private landowners and farmers. The LWCD works closely with the Winnebago County Board the Land Conservation Committee, Winnebago County Departments, and other local, state, and federal agencies to implement the County's Land & Water Resource Management Plan.

Technical and financial services are provided in a number of ways:

  • Land management planning and project design for individual landowners. This includes lands that are being cropped, tree planting, upland wildlife habitat development, wetland restorations, etc.
  • Design, cost-estimating, layout and construction supervision of "best management practices" built for land and water resource improvements.
  • Administer a county funded Water Quality Improvement Program.  This program provides funds to private landowners for various projects that improve water quality.
  • Secure and manage state and federal grants for County Land and Water Resource Management initiatives.
  • Secure and make available equipment, tools, and supplies that assist landowners in meeting their objectives in installing best management practices including planting protective vegetation on critical sites, tree planting, wildlife habitat development, etc.


 The Little Lake Butte Des Morts Project

The Little Lake Butte Des Morts Project

Little Lake Butte des Morts is a shallow drainage lake located in Winnebago County. The lake has a maximum depth of 18 ft and over 12 miles of shoreline, covering 1,200 surface acres. Little Lake Butte des Morts begins at the outflows of Lake Winnebago at the Neenah and Menasha dams, and as water flows north, the lake narrows and transitions into the Lower Fox River at the Appleton dam. While Little Lake Butte des Morts provides great value to residents and visitors alike in its opportunities for recreation, there is opportunity for improvement....

The Little Lake Butte des Morts Lake Planning Team invites you to participate in an anonymous online survey. Your input is essential for shaping the future of the lake. Let’s work together to enhance and preserve our lake’s ecosystem and recreational value. Posted 7/17/2024



Tree Planters, Tree planting spades, generic gel (root dip), fertilizer tablets, tree shelter tubes and more are available for rent or purchase. 4/9/2024


Check out our annual report for our 2023 accomplishments and to learn more about the conservation practices we utilize to protect, restore, and sustain the natural resources of Winnebago County. 4/5/2024


Are you constructing a livestock facility or a livestock waste transfer/storage facility? Don't forget to get your permit! 4/4/2024