Small Scale Lake Planning
The Polk County Land and Water Resources Department will conduct a non-point source pollution education program in the St. Croix Basin area of northwestern Wisconsin. This project will identify one "Pilot" community from the municipalities, counties, and towns of the project area.. A "build out" analyses of a representative community will be undertaken utilizing GIS technology to build a portrayal of what that community will look like if subjected to maximum development under current zoning scenarios.
A customized presentation will be developed and shown to groups of officials, local organizations, and other local land use decision-makers from that community.
It is hoped that this type of initial customized presentation will "open the door" for working with other communities to provide important and useful information to lake residents, lake association representatives, lake leaders and the general public about the negative impacts of uncontrolled non-point source pollution on the lakes and waters of the St. Croix Basin area.
Specific deliverables for this project include one prototype presentation that focuses on a small urban community in a water-rich watershed that can be used throughout the region to engage and educate policy makers about the links between land use and water quality.
The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic coy of the final report.
Information and Education