Waukesha County

  • Agriculture Performance Standards

    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.

    For more information, please view Wisconsin's Runoff Info.

  • Rent County Cropland

    County cropland parcels are rented through 4-yr contracts so not all parcels are available every year. Public notices will be published on this website and in the Waukesha Freeman 2 weeks prior to bid openings, usually in September. Producers renting County Cropland are required to follow the Waukesha County Cropland Conservation Standards below. Once a parcel is open for bid, complete the online bid proposal and follow the directions for submittal.

    Public Bid Notice (sample only - please check back in September)
    Waukesha County Cropland Conservation Standards
    Lease (sample)
    Bid Proposal Form (fillable)
    Bid Process (not yet available) & FAQs

    Crop Land Availability:
    2017 (up for bid in September) 2018 2019
    Monches Park (undev) - Merton  Sec 3     Ashippun River Park (undev) - Ocon Sec 9,16 Fox River Greenway - Vernon  Sec 25
      Fox Bend Park (undev) - Vernon  Sec 22,27  Minooka  Park - New Berlin  Sec 18,19 
      Fox River Greenway - Vernon  Sec 23 Mukwonago Park  Sec 20,21,28,29
        Nashotah  Park - Merton  Sec 31
        Ryan Park (undev) - Lisbon Sec 33
  • Farmland Preservation Program

    Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative was passed as a part of the state’s 2009-2011 biennial budget process. Main components include: the expansion and modernization of the state’s existing Farmland Preservation Program, the establishment of Agricultural Enterprise Areas, and a state program to help with the purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements.


    The Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative provides landowners with an opportunity to claim Farmland Preservation Tax Credits through participation in the program. These tax credits are income tax credits that are applied against tax liability. Farmland Preservation is eligible in the Towns of Eagle, Oconomowoc and Ottawa. (See maps) Farmland Preservation Agreements are only eligible in the Ashippun/Oconomowoc Agricultural Enterprise Area.

    Under the Working Lands Program, farmers who claim a farmland preservation tax credit must comply with state soil and water conservation standards.

    More information can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) website or contact Waukesha County Land Resources at (262) 896-8306.

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

  • Animal Waste Ordinance

    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.