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  • Title: La Crosse Waters
    Descriptive info: .. HOME.. BUILDING PERMITS.. CONTACT.. SEARCH.. Explore.. Learn..

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  • Title: Permits
    Descriptive info: Building in La Crosse County? The Cities of La Crosse and Onalaska and the Village of Holmen issue storm water permits for projects within their boundaries.. Permits for all other municipalities are obtained from the La Crosse County Department of Land Conservation.. Click on the municipality in which you re building for permit forms and more information..

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  • Title: Contact
    Descriptive info: Bob Nelson, La Crosse, Wisc.. La Crosse Urban Storm Water Group.. La Crosse County and its eight urban municipalities are cooperating to reduce storm water runoff to area streams and rivers.. The group shares information, coordinates government actions, and engages businesses, non-profit institutions, and the public in best practices related to run-off prevention.. Contact:.. Karl Green.. UW Extension.. County Administrative Center.. Room 3140 (3rd floor).. 400 4th Street North.. La Crosse, WI 54601.. green.. karl@co.. la-crosse.. wi.. us.. 608.. 785.. 9593.. Reporting.. If you see silt or debris entering a storm sewer, contaminants entering a stream or river, a failing silt fence on a construction site or other disturbance that you believe is contaminating area waters, please call the city in which it’s happening.. If it’s outside of La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen or West Salem, contact La  ...   CITY OF ONALASKA.. 415 Main Street.. Onalaska, WI 54650.. Jarrod Holter, City Engineer.. Kevin Schubert, Asst.. City Engineer.. 781.. 9530.. LA CROSSE COUNTY.. 400 4th Street North - Room 3270.. Gregg Stangl, Director, Dept.. of Land Conservation.. Mary Jo Webster, Conservation Specialist.. 9867.. TOWN OF CAMPBELL.. 2600 Bainbridge Street.. La Crosse, WI 54603.. Chad Hawkins, Town Clerk/Treasurer.. 783.. 0050.. TOWN OF HOLLAND.. W 7530 McHugh Rd.. Holmen, WI 54636.. 526.. 4336.. Marilyn Pedretti, Clerk.. 3354.. TOWN OF ONALASKA.. W7052 Second St.. Onalaska, WI 54650.. 4958.. Rolly Bogert, Chairman.. 608-790-2800.. TOWN OF SHELBY.. 2800 Ward Avenue.. Jeff Brudos, Town Administrator.. 788.. 1032.. VILLAGE OF HOLMEN.. P.. O.. Box 158.. 421 S.. Main Street.. Pete Mezera, Assistant Director of Public Works.. 608-526-6308.. VILLAGE OF WEST SALEM.. 175 South Leonard.. West Salem, WI 54669.. Teresa Schnitzler, Village Administrator.. 786.. 1858..

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  • Title: Search
    Descriptive info: Hatlem Photography.. Site development and design by:.. La Crosse County Information Technology Department.. and.. NewGround, Inc.. |.. Marketing for Sustainability..

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  • Title: Get Out and Play
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  • Title: Meet The Protectors
    Descriptive info: JOHN LAUTZ.. An experienced contractor shows how to reduce erosion on home construction sites.. MIKE PIEPER.. At Western Technical College, storm water is captured on campus for social, environmental, and financial benefits..

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  • Title: Build A Rain Garden
    Descriptive info: WHAT IS A RAIN GARDEN?.. Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the ground, where soil and native plants filter and absorb water that runs off the roof, driveway and other hard surfaces.. They are beautiful, they are beneficial, and they reduce stormwater runoff and pollution in local rivers.. Larger basins on business sites are called biorentention basins.. Did you build a rain garden?.. Send us your photo!..

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  • Title: Explore
    Descriptive info: Discover Our Streams.. La Crosse County is a paradise for people who love the outdoors especially water.. Here, the Mississippi River sprawls beyond the main channel to surround green islands, creating vast habitat for wildlife and great places for people to explore.. Bluffs tower on both sides of the Mississippi and the hills, narrow valleys and spring fed creeks of the Driftless region spread east and west.. FISHING.. Fishing is a popular pastime in La Crosse County.. That's not surprising when you know that the Upper Mississippi River is home to more than 25% of the freshwater fish in the United States and more fish species than any other temperate river in the world.. Miles of spectacular cold water trout streams flow throughout the region, too.. Mississippi River.. In this stretch of the Mississippi you’ll catch walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white bass, perch, bluegills/panfish/sunfish, crappie, northern pike, sauger, channel catfish & blue catfish.. If you catch a fish you don’t recognize, you can find out what it is on.. Wisconsin’s Fish Identification Database.. Smaller Streams & Rivers.. Fishers who explore the La Crosse and Black Rivers catch many of the same fish they do in the Mississippi.. Our many cold water streams team with trout, primarily brown, brook and rainbow.. BOATING.. Boats are everywhere here because the Mississippi spreads wide, with channels, lakes, open water marshes and calm backwater areas.. Smaller rivers and streams meet the Mississippi up and down the shore.. Water Sports.. On a summer weekend, speed boats and skiers, fishing boats, pontoons and sail boats are a common sight on this part of the Mississippi.. Paddling.. Paddling in the La Crosse area is hugely popular.. Canoes and kayaks are a perfect way to explore open water marshes, islands, and tributaries.. Paddling groups take part in events spring through fall, including the Mississippi River Challenge, a weekend event in late July.. Houseboating.. Better houseboating can’t be found.. Tens of thousands of water acres, miles of shoreline, hundreds of islands, and dozens of river towns make  ...   informal bird walks are common and observation platforms scattered along the shore are crowded with people viewing trumpeter swans and other migrating species.. TOURING.. The Mississippi is a dramatic place and part of the fun is watching the big boats—barges and paddlewheelers large and small.. In La Crosse, paddlewheelers cruise daily and smaller cruise boats explore nature in the back waters.. Connect With Others.. Coulee Region Audubon Society.. invites friends and members to participate in outings, learn about birds and migration, and mentor others who want to explore the beauty of this area.. Trekker Outdoors.. The Trekker Outdoor Club.. welcomes University of Wisconsin - La Crosse students to share outdoor adventures.. Trekkers camp, ski, hike, backpack, spelunk, bike, canoe, kayak, rappel, climb, sky dive and scuba dive.. Everyone is welcome.. trekkerclub@uwlax.. edu.. John Sullivan, La Crosse.. Coulee Region Trout Unlimited.. meets regularly to hear about fishing hot spots in the area, discuss conservation issues, plan work days on project streams, organize fundraisers and an annual banquet, and of course, swap a few fish tales and learn how to tie the latest fly patterns.. info@couleeregiontu.. org.. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center.. Norskedalen.. is a nature and heritage center dedicated to preserving, interpreting and sharing the natural environment and cultural heritage of the area around Coon Valley, Wisconsin.. The center offers hiking and ski trails, classes and special events throughout the year.. 608-452-3424.. info@norskedalen.. Did You Know?.. Anything that goes in a storm drain ends up in a stream.. Keeping grass clippings and leaves out of the street or ditch and away from storm drains is something we all can do.. Soil, sand, and lawn trimmings cloud water, reduce depth, alter habitat, and prevent spawning for some species.. If you see debris in the street, remove it.. Take time to talk with the homeowner, too, and direct them to this website.. If you see an issue that's too big to remedy yourself, call the City if you're in La Crosse, Onalaska or Holmen, or La Crosse County if you're elsewhere..

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  • Title: Protect
    Descriptive info: Protect Our Streams.. In La Crosse and other cities and towns hard surfaces now replace soil and native plants that absorb water.. As a result, water runs from roofs, roads, parking lots and driveways into drainage systems that take it directly to streams and ultimately, the Mississippi River.. The water picks up soil, sand, grass, leaves, chemicals, and trash as it moves, and they end up in the river, too.. We can all make small changes at home, at work, and on construction sites to reduce this runoff and make our rivers and communities better places to be.. Read on to learn how.. AT HOME.. Part of the challenge is seeing and doing ordinary things in new ways.. In La Crosse County, some neighborhoods are working together to help each other make changes in these six areas:.. Car Care.. Lawn Care.. Landscaping.. Pets.. Icy Sidewalks.. Using Less.. AT WORK.. Business owners who manage runoff are leaders.. They gain respect from customers and colleagues, inspire others with visible investment and honest stories, and have the satisfaction of being good stewards.. If the community has a stormwater utility, capturing rain water on the business site reduces utility costs.. Begin with this brochure:.. Managing Stormwater Runoff: A Self- Assessment  ...   in the Country.. Site Management Basics for Home Builders.. Plan Ahead: Some Projects Need Committee Review.. Permits.. Thinking about a place in the country?.. BEFORE YOU LEAP, LEARN.. Living in the country is a dream for many people in La Crosse County.. Before you decide to make the move, consider:.. Site topography and sediment control.. A home design that fits the site.. Driveway design, cost, and maintenance.. Building codes and local ordinances.. Building permits.. Water source.. Utilities and distance to services.. Insurance and fire ratings.. Commute time and expense.. Learn more.. Where do I get a rain barrel?.. In La Crosse, buy a locally-made rain barrel from the Washburn Neighborhood Association for $35.. Call Randy Magno, president of the Association, at 608.. 784.. 2377.. Lean more about the benefits of collecting rain water.. Did you know?.. When you plant native plants along a stream's edge, you protect the water.. Here's why: When water falls on a natural landscape, 90% sinks into the ground on the spot.. Only 10% runs off.. When a lawn is manicured to the stream's edge, five times more water runs from lawn to stream, taking with it six times more phosphorus and 18 times more sediment than on a natural landscape.. Darlene Charboneau..

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  • Title: Learn
    Descriptive info: Get Involved.. Myrick Hixon EcoPark.. Myrick Hixon EcoPark is located at the edge of the La Crosse River Marsh in Myrick Park.. Trails lead from the EcoPark into the marsh and Hixon Forest, where there are more than 13 miles of trails for hiking and skiing.. A rich schedule of.. events.. for adults, children and families includes walks and activities with naturalists, study groups, trainings, workshops, and concerts.. Active.. volunteers.. lead educational programs, do prairie and trail work, plan and manage events, monitor frog and bluebird populations, and pitch in with administrative and gift shop tasks.. EcoPark facilities, built in 2009, are available to.. rent.. for family and business gatherings.. Coulee Partners for Sustainability.. Coulee Partners for Sustainability is a group of La Crosse area residents who promote environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just lifestyles.. The group supports use of the Natural Step Framework, which was adopted by the City and County of La Crosse in 2007.. Members educate the community about sustainable lifestyles, foster sustainable business practices, promote local foods, and build networks and neighborhood groups that adopt sustainable practices.. Watch for classes, events and volunteer opportunities on the Coulee Partners.. Web site.. Mississippi Valley Conservancy.. The Mississippi Valley Conservancy is a regional, non-profit land trust that has permanently conserved over 11,000 acres of bluff lands, prairies, wetlands and streams in the Coulee Region since 1997.. In addition to facilitating voluntary conservation agreements, land purchases, land donations, and cooperative acquisitions for land owners and local communities, the Conservancy sponsors hikes, events, and volunteer work days on protected properties.. Volunteers can also help with office- and event-related tasks.. To contact the Conservancy, call 608.. 3606 or visit their.. Water Action Volunteer Program.. Water Action Volunteers is a statewide program for Wisconsin citizens who want to improve the quality of the state’s streams and rivers.. Citizens, civic groups, 4-H clubs, students and other volunteer groups monitor streams, stencil the message "Dump no waste, drains to river” near storm drains, and participate in riverbank clean-ups.. If you want to get outside, learn something, and maybe even get wet, contact Randy Mell, UW-Ext.. Basin Educator at 608.. 0303,.. randy.. mell@ces.. uwex.. , or Myrick Hixon EcoPark, 789 Myrick Park Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601.. To learn more, check out the Water Action Volunteer.. brings people who love to fish together.. In addition to regular get-togethers, they obtain funding to restore streams and participate as volunteers in those projects.. Check out work days, fundraisers and their annual banquet.. STUDY PROGRAMS.. The La Crosse area is rich in resources for learning about water and science.. All are affordable; many are free.. Take advantage of these materials and experiences for scout groups, 4-H clubs, classrooms, home schoolers, and adult study or volunteer groups.. Hands-on Experiences at Myrick Hixon EcoPark.. EcoPark staff offer an array of nature experiences to children in.. schools, summer adventure programs.. , and small groups such as scouts and birthday parties.. Upon request, packets of pre/post activities, background information, and resources are available to leaders for most programs.. Call 608.. 0303 to learn more or schedule a session.. Earth Partnership for Schools.. engages students and teachers in natural habitat restoration on their own school grounds.. The program, designed by the University of Wisconsin, involves the school community in a project that includes research, stewardship, science and creative writing.. Water Action Volunteers Packet.. This resource includes eight action-oriented activities that promote environmental stewardship.. Volunteers learn about water quality issues, then choose activities such as a stream walk survey or clean-up, building simple soil erosion or watershed models, collecting aquatic  ...   Conservancy in 2009.. The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi.. In this book, John Anfinson traces the history of the upper Mississippi River from early European exploration through the completion of locks and dams in the mid-twentieth century.. Clear and easy to get into, this book helps us understand what forces shaped the river we know.. The Last River Rat.. These tales by J.. Scott Bestul chronicle life along the banks of the Upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Kenny Salway, a true "river rat.. " Salway's simple lifestyle and understanding of the Mississippi River ecosystem is interesting and engaging.. Big River Magazine.. Six times a year Winona-based Big River offers stories about people, events, and places on the River between the Twin Cities and the Quad Cities.. Subscribe by calling 800.. 303.. 8201 or at BigRiverMagazine.. com.. Copies are also available at bookstores, groceries and other retail outlets in the area.. What is a storm water utility?.. In La Crosse County four municipalities now have storm water utilities: Holmen, La Crosse, Onalaska and the Town of Holland.. If you live in those places, you're now charged a fee once a year.. What's it for? Why do we need it? How is the money used?.. On-demand Success Stories From Wisconsin Water Managers.. Upper Midwest communities are reducing pollution with porous pavement, smart de-icing, waste to fuel options, stormwater utilities, incentive programs and more.. Learn how.. Learn to Build a Rain Garden.. In The Know.. These elected officials are advocates.. Tara Johnson.. County Board Chair, District 29.. La Crosse County's streams, rivers and lakes are some of the most valuable natural assets we have.. Clean waters enhance our outstanding quality of life and help attract business and tourism to our community.. By taking steps in my daily routine to reduce pollutants, I can help protect our waters for my children and future generations.. By working together to create systems and processes to protect and improve water quality, we can all make great strides in preserving these treasured assets.. Marilyn Pedretti.. County Supervisor, District 27.. La Crosse County's water resources are among this region's greatest draws.. Without our rivers and streams it's doubtful we'd have the tourism and commerce with which we've been blessed.. It's every person’s responsibility to recognize and take care of these resources.. What we do today impacts how we can use this resource tomorrow.. Maureen Freedland.. County Supervisor, District 8.. La Crosse County’s local water bodies are jewels used by residents and tourists.. Protecting them starts with each of us, not only on the water but at home and at work.. It makes good sense to reduce pollutants that enter these waters.. If every homeowner installs a rain garden, uses a rain barrel, or doesn't over-water lawns we'll see less polluted stormwater entering the public storm sewer system.. It truly starts with individuals.. Steve Doyle.. Representative, State Assembly 94th District.. Our lakes, rivers and streams are among our most important natural assets—they make the La Crosse area a destination for thousands of people every year.. Reducing the volume of pollutants entering our storm sewer system is an important step all of us can take to protect these valuable assets.. What we do as individuals is key to improving water quality.. Find Out.. Want to know more about water quality on your stretch of the Upper Mississippi River? The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse manages the largest and most successful water quality monitoring program in the world.. Anyone can access this water quality data on the Center’s..

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