SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION AND ANIMAL WASTE MANAGEMENT
State soil erosion control goals.
Land and water conservation board.
Land conservation committees.
Land conservation committee; powers.
Land conservation committee staff.
Land and water resource management planning program.
Regulation of local soil and water resource management practices.
Municipal soil conservation on private lands.
State and local agencies to cooperate.
Soil and water resource management program.
Local regulation of livestock operations.
Manure storage facilities.
Training and certification.
Ch. 92 Cross-reference
See also ch. ATCP 50
, Wis. adm. code.
Legislative intent. 92.02(1)(1)
The legislature finds that the soil resources of this state are being depleted by wind and water erosion and that the waters of this state are being polluted by nonpoint sources of pollution. The legislature further finds that these are statewide problems endangering the health and welfare of the state's citizens, its recreational resources, agricultural productivity and industrial base.
The legislature declares it to be the policy of this state to halt and reverse the depletion of the state's soil resources and pollution of its waters.
It is the intent of the legislature to implement this policy by enacting this soil and water conservation law to:
Establish goals and standards for conservation of soil and water resources;
Provide for cost sharing, technical assistance, educational programs and other programs to conserve soil and water resources;
Encourage coordinated soil and water conservation planning and program implementation; and
Enable the regulation of harmful land use and land management practices by county ordinance where necessary to achieve the purposes of this chapter.
State soil erosion control goals.
It is the intent of the legislature that:
(1) Statutory goal.
The soil erosion rate on each individual cropland field in the state does not exceed the tolerable erosion level on or after January 1, 2000.
(2) Interim goals; counties.
The soil erosion rate in each county in the state does not exceed 1.5 times the tolerable erosion level on or after July 1, 1990 and does not exceed the tolerable erosion level on or after July 1, 1993.
(3) Interim goals; individual cropland fields.
The soil erosion rate in each individual cropland field in the state does not exceed 3 times the tolerable erosion level on or after July 1, 1990, and does not exceed 2 times the tolerable erosion level on or after July 1, 1995.
(4) Interim goal; state-run farms.
The soil erosion rate on individual cropland fields of farms owned by the University of Wisconsin System or any other department or agency of state government does not exceed the tolerable soil erosion level on or after July 1, 1990.
History: 1985 a. 29
In this chapter:
"Agency" means any department, agency, board, commission, committee, council, officer, subdivision or instrumentality, corporate or otherwise, of this state.
"Board" means the land and water conservation board created under s. 15.135 (4)
"Department" means the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
"Landowner" means any person over 18 years of age and any partnership, limited liability company, firm, or corporation that holds title to land lying within a county, whether or not this land is subject to easement, mortgage, lien, lease, or restrictive covenant, except that this term does not include any person who is under guardianship, a person who is adjudicated incompetent, or a person who is mentally ill. A person, partnership, limited liability company, firm, or corporation is deemed to hold title to land if the person, partnership, limited liability company, firm, or corporation has any of the following:
Title as owner of an undivided interest.
Title as sole or joint trustee or as sole or joint assignee.
A land contract vendee's interest therein.
"Land user" means any person who uses land as an operator, lessor or renter.
"Secretary" means the secretary of the department.
Land and water conservation board. 92.04(1)(a)(a)
The board may hold public hearings in the performance of its functions.
The board may delegate to its chairperson or to one or more of its members any of its powers or duties.
Soil and water conservation studies and recommendations.
The board may make studies and recommendations on matters relating to soil and water conservation.
Advise secretary and department.
The board shall advise the secretary and department on matters relating to exercise of the department's authority under this chapter.
Review land and water resource management plans.
The board shall review land and water resource management plans prepared under s. 92.10
and make recommendations to the department on approval or disapproval of those plans.
The board shall review annual grant allocation plans developed under s. 92.14 (6) (b)
and make recommendations to the department on approval, modification or disapproval of the plans.