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  • Agriculture Performance Standards (open)

    In an effort to protect Wisconsin's lakes, streams and groundwater, regulations to control polluted runoff from agricultural and urban lands became effective October 1, 2002.  These rules put in place runoff pollution performance standards and prohibitions for farms.

    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) identified the agricultural performance standards and prohibitions in Subchapter II of Chapter NR151, Wisconsin Administrative Code.  These standards are intended to protect water quality by minimizing the amount of soil erosion, nutrients from manure and croplands, and other non-point pollutants that enter Wisconsin's waterways.

    At the same time as the agricultural performance standards were being adopted, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) promulgated ATCP 50, Wisconsin Administrative Code .  This rule identifies the conservation practices to be followed in order to meet the DNR performance standards.  The rule also identifies the requirements for nutrient management plans. 

  • Farmland Preservation Program (open)

    Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative (program summary)

    The Waukesha County Farmland Preservation Plan was certified by DATCP in August 2011.

    Animal Waste Ordinance (open)

    The purpose of this Ordinance is to regulate the location, design, construction, installation, alteration, and use of animal waste storage facilities, and the application of waste from these facilities in order to prevent surface and ground water pollution and, thereby, protect the health of Waukesha County residents and visitors and prevent the spread of disease.

    Any person who constructs, installs, reconstructs, enlarges, or substantially alters an animal waste storage facility, or who employs another person to do the same shall be subject to the provisions of this Ordinance, including the animal waste management and utilization provisions of this Ordinance.  Permit fee is $90, check payable to Waukesha County. 

    Please view the permit process and flow chart. Permit copy download.