Healthy Farms, Healthy Lakes Task Force

WaterIn 2017, the County Board of Supervisors created the Dane County Healthy Farms, Healthy Lakes Task Force with the charge to create a report with findings and recommendations for phosphorous reduction in surface waters.  

The task force brings together a group of stakeholders and experts from a variety of backgrounds including farming, environmental groups, and state and local agencies to learn more from experts and each other and build on what has previously been done to improve water quality.  

Between 2017 and 2018 the task force will work to make recommendations to protect both the environment and the economic quality of life in Dane County.  



The task force has been charged to:


Healthy Farms, Healthy Lakes Task Force Recommendations 

 Task Force Members
Meeting Logistics Information

Task Force Meeting Dates

Task Force Minutes and Agendas


2016 RES-649 Creating the Dane County Healthy Farms, Healthy Lakes Task Force

Charge to the Healthy Farms, Healthy Lakes Task Force

Understanding Soil Phosphorus: An Overview of Phosphorus, Water Quality, and Agricultural Management Practices

Methods of Phosphorus Analysis for Soils, Sediments, Residuals, and Waters
Phosphorus: Sources, Forms, Impact on Water Quality - A General Overview

Wisconsin's Runoff Rules - What Farmers Need to Know

A Phosphorus Budget for the Lake Mendota Watershed

Assessing a decade of phosphorus management in Lake Mendota, Wisconsin watershed and scenarios for enhanced phosporus management

Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Abatement and Soil Conservation Programs

A citizen's Guide to Watershed Planning in Wisconsin

WI DNR TMDL Related Water Quality Efforts Newsletter

Reducing Farm Phosphorus Runoff to the Yahara Lakes

Food, Land and Water: Can Wisconsin Find Its Way?

Food, Land and Water: Moving Forward


History of Phosphorus Reduction and Related Water Quality Impacts - August 2, 2017 - Amy Callis, Dane County Land and Water Resources Conservationist

P Cycle/Budget Science Overview - September 9, 2017 - Kyle Minks, Dane County Land and Water Resources Scientist

Implementing Runoff Rules: NR 151, NR 243 - October 4, 2017 - Mike Gilbertson, WI Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Farm Conservation Standards - October 4, 2017 - Jim Matson

Conservation Efforts - Current and Future - Amber Radatz, Co-Director of Discovery
Farms and Jeff Endres, Board Chair, Yahara Pride Farms - November 1, 2017

Water Quality Effects: Current and Future - Dick Lathrop, UW Center for
Limnology and Steve Carpenter, Emeritus, UW Integrative Biology Department - December 6, 2017

Manure and Bio-solids Management and Storage - Current Practices, Research
Findings and Future Trends
- Becky Larson, UW and Kim Meyer, Madison Metropolitan
Sewerage Distric
t - January 3, 2018

Nutrient Management Plans and Other Practices: Laura Ward Good, UW-Madison
and Pat Murphy, Yahara Pride Farms
- February 7, 2018