Land & Water Resources Department

The Dane County Land & Water Resources Department ensures the protection and enhancement of Dane County's natural, cultural, and historic resources; provides the county's residents with a broad array of accessible, high quality resource-based recreational services and facilities; and supports residents, communities, local governments and other agencies and organizations in their resource management and protection activities.  Read about the department's commitment to equity and inclusion.

The department consists of five divisions: Administration, Land Conservation, Office of Lakes and Watersheds, Parks, and Water Resource Engineering.


Administration provides behind the scenes support and oversight of department functions.


Land Conservation

Land Conservation provides conservation planning assistance and technical service in the area of soil and water conservation to landowners, land users, and decision-makers of Dane County, Wisconsin. 

Office of Lakes and Watersheds

The Office of Lakes and Watersheds strives to protect and improve the water resources of Dane County by coordinating with other department and agency staff, water-related citizen groups, the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, and a variety of other partner organizations.


Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast including recreation parks, natural resource areas, wildlife areas, historical/cultural sites, forests, campgrounds, shelters, trails and the Lussier Family Heritage Center facility.

Water Resource Engineering

Water Resource Engineering implements and enforces the county’s Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Programs, manages the county lakes, and provides technical assistance to county departments regarding water resources.