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Pet waste and water quality

Why pet waste is a concern, and what you can do about it.

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UWEX #GWQ006     WDNR #WT-534


Rain gardens

publication cover thumbnail image A household way to improve water quality in your community
A basic introduction providing information on how rain gardens help
protect water quality, and general step-by-step instructions on how
to build a rain garden in your yard.

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UWEX #GWQ034     WDNR #WT-731
publication thumbnail A how-to manual for homeowners
A detailed manual that covers rain garden sizing and site, construction
details and planting and maintenance. Includes 11 conceptual planting
designs with plant species lists.

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 UWEX #GQW037     WDNR #WT-776

Yard care & the environment series

publication thumbnail Rethinking Yard Care
Discusses issues related to environmentally sound yard care;
emphasizes thinking about environmental consequences rather
than convenience.

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UWEX #GWQ009     WDNR #WT-526
Lawn Weed Control
Explains lawn care practices and targeted weed control methods
that reduce use of herbicides.

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UWEX #GWQ013     WDNR #WT-527
Lawn and Garden Fertilizers
Describes how improper fertilizer applications can degrade water
quality and offerssuggestions for proper fertilizer use.

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(1.9 Mb)
UWEX #GWQ002     WDNR #WT-528
Lawn & Garden Pesticides
Describes non-chemical pest control methods and offers tips for
environmentally sound pesticide applications.

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UWEX #GWQ011     WDNR #WT-529)
Lawn Watering
Offers ways to save water while producing healthy, attractive lawns.

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UWEX #GWQ012     WDNR # WT-530
Managing Leaves & Yard Trimmings
Discusses environmentally sound and practical methods, short of
formal composting, for managing yard "wastes."

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UWEX # GWQ022     WDNR # WT-490
Shoreline Plants & Landscaping
Describes the benefits of natural landscaping in place of lawns along
shorelines and streambanks, and provides an extensive list of trees,
shrubs and ground layer plants suitable for lands bordering streams
and lakes in Wisconsin.

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UWEX #GWQ014     WDNR #WR-461
Firewise landscaping - A guide to protecting your home from wildfire
Every year, many homes in the Great Lakes region are damaged or destroyed by wildfire, yet nearly all of these homes could have been saved if owners had followed a few simple rules. This guide is designed to provide homeowners with the information they need to protect their homes from wildfires through appropriate landscaping techniques.

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UWEX #GWQ049     WDNR #WT-417-2008


Farm & residential petroleum storage tanks
An introduction to petroleum storage tank issues and regulations affecting
farmers and other rural property owners.

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Well water for rural residential subdivisions
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A fact sheet that addresses rural subdivision groundwater concerns with an example of groundwater modeling in Sauk County, Wisconsin. A Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey publication.

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The carbon footprint of cheese
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Ways to reduce energy use and production costs and move toward more sustainable cheese production.

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UWEX #A3934


Pasture strategies
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Strategies for Seasonal Livestock
Managing livestock wisely throughout the year.

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Understanding Riparian Areas
Considerations for managing livestock grazing and behaviors in riparian systems.

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Have you thought about managed grazing?

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A starting point for managed grazing within your own operation.
Provides resources for assistance.

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Also available from NRCS
Greener pastures: Is managed grazing right for your operation?

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Provides information on how to assess if managed grazing is right for your operation.  Assesses economic, time saving and environmental benefits
of managed grazing.

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Also available from NRCS

Farmland Conservation Choices
Farmland Conservation Choices
Features 26 common conservation practices, with an explanation of how each practice works and how it helps improve a farm. Also listed are things to think about when considering a practice, and basic maintenance needs.

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UWEX #GWQ025     WDNR #WT-520

Use of cattle in oak savanna restoration
Summary of project in southwest Wisconsin to determine the effectiveness of rotational grazing (using Scottish Highland cattle) and fire on reducing the shrub layer in degraded oak savannas.

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Watering systems and cattle crossings to safeguard livestock and waterways
Provides information on how cattle crossings and water systems were installed in southwestern Wisconsin to protect waterways.

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Can buffers boost your bottom line?
Provides information on USDA Conservation Reserve Program's offer to
pay farmers for installing buffers. 

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The dirty dozen and beyond
A booklet describing how to identify and manage 25 different pasture weeds of Wisconsin.

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UWEX #GWQ042    


Milking center wastewater guidelines

publication thumbnail This companion document to NRCS Standard 629 (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2008) will help the designer develop a treatment system for milking center wastewater on farms where manure storage is not available to accept the discharge.

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Wisconsin's runoff rules - What farmers need to know

A two-page fact sheet describing what farmers need to know about DNR runoff rules in Wisconsin.

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WDNR #WT-756



Harvesting firewood from your woodlands
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This publication covers a variety of topics related to the harvest and use
of firewood, from the growth and selection of trees, to tree cutting and safety considerations, to splitting, drying and stacking the wood.

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WDNR #FR-495

Woody cover for wildlife
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A guide to selecting and planting a mixture of shrubs, conifers and hardwoods
to create a habitat for wildlife on your land.

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WDNR #FR-066

Logging methods for Wisconsin woodlands
A guide to help Wisconsin landowners achieve environmental and economic
goals when harvesting timber on their woodlands.

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UWEX #GWQ059     

WDNR #FR-778-2011

Creating a forest - A step-by-step guide to planting and maintaining trees
From developing a plan, to tree planting, to tree health and maintenance, this booklet will help you establish a healthy and thriving woodland.

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WDNR #FR-426


Conducting a successful timber sale
This 16-page primer covers seven steps to a successful timber harvest to
consider after a landowner has a management plan and decides to harvest timber.

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UWEX #GWQ036     WDNR #FR-254


Blue stain - Is it coloring your bottom line red?
Learn to understand and prevent this wood discoloration.

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UWEX #GWQ043     WDNR #FR-306




Stormwater Runoff Management

Wetland monitoring series

This series of publications is designed to help volunteer coordinators with site-level monitoring of Wisconsin's wetland species and habitats.


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Stormwater basins - Using natural landscaping for water quality and esthetics
This 22-page publication is a primer on planting and managing native landscaping
for storm water basins. It provides important information on how to get started
and then carry through with a native plants landscaping plan for the basin.

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UWEX #GWQ047     WDNR #WT-849


Standard erosion control plan
For 1- and 2-family dwelling construction sites. This worksheet includes a site
diagram template and a checklist of site characteristics, erosion control practices
and management strategies.

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UWEX #GWQ001A     WDNR #WT-458


WIsconsin stormwater rules series
New State Stormwater Rules: What municipalities need to know
This booklet provides practical advice for developing an education
program that teaches residents about the impacts of stormwater runoff
and suggests ways to reduce stormwater pollution.

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UWEX #GWQ046     WDNR #WT-839
Stormwater Detention Ponds - Site Safety & Design
This fact sheet discusses potential safety hazards associated with detention
ponds and describes techniques to minimize the risks of those hazards.

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UWEX #GWQ047     WDNR #WT-849
publication cover thumbnail image Detecting & Eliminating Illicit Discharges
This fact sheet can help municipalities seeking to control or eliminate
illicit discharges into their stormwater systems.

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UWEX #GWQ048     WDNR #WT-864
Total Suspended Solids: The Hows & Whys of Controlling Runoff Pollution
This booklet describes common pollutants in stormwater runoff and
explains how these pollutants are measured and controlled.

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UWEX #GWQ055     WDNR #WT-922

Shoreland Management

Choosing the right waterfront property
If you are thinking about buying waterfront property in Wisconsin, this guide
is meant for you. Learn about waterfront living and how to go about finding
a property that best suits your needs.

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UWEX #GWQ053     WDNR #WT-909


Protecting your waterfront investment - Ten simple shoreland stewardship practices
Healthy watersheds make healthy lakes and higher property values -- this
booklet show how property owners can take simple steps to curb pollutants,
cut runoff, and capture and cleanse pollutant-carrying runoff before it
reaches a waterway.

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UWEX #GWQ040     WDNR #WT-748


Shoreland property - A guide to environmentally sound ownership
This guide provides information about purchasing, protecting, and
enhancing your waterfront property.

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Sensible shoreland lighting
All about reducing light pollution on shoreland. Provides information on new
lighting technologies that can deliver good illumination, provide security, save
money and reduce light pollution without competing with the beauty of the night.

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(522 kb)

UWEX #GWQ031     WDNR #FH-431


The shoreland stewardship series
A Fresh Look at Shoreland Restoration
An introduction to shoreland stewardship and the benefits of shoreland
restoration, including some helpful suggestions.

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UWEX #GWQ027     WDNR #WT-429


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Protecting and Restoring Shorelands
An overview of shoreland restoration considerations, including habitat
and aesthetics, site characteristics, and first steps to take.

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UWEX #GWQ038     WDNR #WT-748
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Protecting Our Living Shores
An overview of the importance of shoreland protection with additional
focus on beneficial plants, small mouth bass, and wildlife.

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UWEX #GWQ039     WDNR #WT-764
Water's edge
How good stewardship of waterfront property can help protect and
improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

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UWEX #GWQ040     WDNR #WT-428


Margin of error? Human influence on Wisconsin shores
Produced by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, this 70-slide presentation
addresses issues and solutions that are of special interest to waterway
users and waterfront property owners.

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Invasive Species

Common and glossy buckthorn
A brochure that explains the threat of buckthorn, with information on
identification and control methods.

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WDNR #FR-216


Invasive exotic shrub honeysuckles
publication cover thumbnail image Since their introduction to North America as ornamentals in the mid-18th and
19th centuries, exotic honeysuckles have spread rapidly, crowding out native
plant species and changing the face of the landscape. This booklet describes
these nuisance shrubs, their effect on natural communities and methods for
controlling their spread.

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WDNR #FR-448


Japanese knotweed - A new threat to Wisconsin's waterways, lakeshores and wetlands

A brochure that explains the threat of Japanese knotweed, with
information on identification and control methods.

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WDNR #ER-657


Purple loosestrife

A pamphlet that identifies and explains the threat of purple loosestrife
in wetlands and waterways.

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WDNR #WI-799




Wisconsin wildlife phenology calendars, 2004-2016
calendar cover 2016 Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2016
Our 2016 calendar focuses on habitats for birds with new guest partner phenology data from the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II partners..

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calendar cover 2015 Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2015
Our 2015 calendar focuses on the facsinating signal species in wetlands which indicate that this important habitat is healthy.

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Our 2013 calendar features photos and narratives about some of Wisconsin's elusive residents, nocturnal creatures whose day begins when the sun goes down.

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thumbnail image of 2011 wildlife phenology calendar Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2012
In addition to a new assortment of Wisconsin wildlife photos, the 2012 Phenology Calendar includes a tribute to Nina Leopold Bradley and features narratives from Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac. The calendar is dedicated to Phillip Pines, friend and neighbor of the Leopold Foundation.

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thumbnail image of 2011 wildlife phenology calendar Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2011
The 2011 Phenology Calendar features a new assortment of Wisconsin wildlife photos and narratives. It includes descriptions and photos of 12 insect species and the plants they pollinate.

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Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2010
The 2010 Phenology Calendar features narratives describing the courtship behavior and reproduction of eleven native and one exotic species, along with photos of those and many other creatures that live in our state.

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Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2009
The 2009 Phenology Calendar features a new selection wildlife photos and monthly narratives. The focus this year is on migration, not only of birds, but of Wisconsin mammals, fish and reptiles.

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Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2008
Follow nature's response to seasonal and climatic changes. This calendar identifies phenological events gathered from a variety of sources throughout the Midwest. Monthly narratives feature12 Wisconsin species, including birds, reptiles and insects.

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Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2007
Includes monthly narratives featuring 12 Wisconsin amphibians and reptiles.

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Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2006
Includes monthly narratives featuring 12 exotic and invasive species in Wisconsin, including impacts and control.

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Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2005
Includes monthly narratives featuring 12 Wisconsin endangered or threatened species.

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Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar 2004
Includes monthly narratives featuring land and wildlife management.

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Wisconsin water clip art collection
clip art drawing of turtle Illustrations covering a wide rage of topics, from agricultural conservation practices and urban stormwater management to lawn weed control and "critters" found in ponds and streams.

Clip art collection



Yahara waterway water trail guide
A comprehensive field guide for paddling on the Yahara waterway in Dane County with maps showing points of interest. Includes Lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa and Kegonsa, as well as Cherokee Marsh and Upper and Lower Mud Lakes.

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Lake Wingra: A vision for the future
Lake Wingra is under attack from urbanization, polluted runoff and invasive species. The Friends of Lake Wingra are working with the community to change both private and public behavior and policies to address these and other threats to this precious resource.

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Wisconsin's freshwater estuary initiative - Developing a Lake Superior freshwater estuary center
A brochure that introduces the statewide effort to increase our understanding and stewardship of Wisconsin's freshwater estuaries, including the establishement of a Lake Superior Freshwater Estuary Center.

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A guide to understanding the hydrologic condition of Wisconsin's Lake Superior watersheds
Superior Basin, developed by the basin's partner team, along with a pilot area report for the Marengo River Watershed (a sub-basin of the Lake Superior Basin). The step-by-step process is explained, including maps and photos of mapped locations.

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Protect the water you drink - Tips for owners of rural homes and agricultural lands in Door County

Protect the Water You Drink - Tips for owners of rural homes and agricultural lands in Door County
The unique geology and soils of Door County present extreme challenges in protecting groundwater. This publication describes the county's different soils and presents tips on how to protect this important resource.

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Water action volunteers (WAV)
Wisconsin's Citizen-based Stream Monitoring
Read about Wisconsin's Water Action Volunteers (WAV), a program that introduces citizens to the basics of stream monitoring through hands-on participation, and educates the public about the connection between land use and the resulting effects on water quality.

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Key to Macroinvertebrate Life in the River
An 11x17-inch key to help identify river critters.

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Key to Life in the Pond
An 11x17-inch key to help identify pond critters.

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publication cover thumbnail image Wonderful Wacky Water Critters
A detailed, illustrated guide to critters commonly found in Wisconsin's waterways. Written for young readers. Describes insects included in pond and river keys (see above).

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UWEX #GWQ023     WDNR #WT-513
Freshwater mussels of the Lower Wolf River
A fact sheet for identifying eight species of mussels by appearance, with information about habitat, life cycle and status ("endangered," "threatened" or "special concern"). Also what you can do to help mussels thrive.

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WDNR #WT-876


Toward a sustainable community: A toolkit for local government

Provides ideas and descriptions of specific actions that local government can take to transform itself into a model of sustainable practices. Includes sustainable approaches to energy, building, transportation, purchasing, investment and hiring. (48 pages).

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SHWEC (625.SG.0701)



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