Why become a Water Star community?

First, to be publicly recognized for your good work through designation ceremonies and local and state-wide media releases.

Second, to promote your community as a responsible unit of government and a good place for people to live and businesses to locate and thrive.

Who can become a Water Star community?

Water Star is designed for all types of municipalities including cities, villages, counties and towns. We recognize that larger villages, cities and towns may have an easier time meeting the requirements to be designated a Water Star. The Water Star Steering Committee is interested in working with smaller and more rural municipalities to make this program work well for them.

What is the Water Star program?Monona City Hall

Water Star guides, inspires and celebrates the work that top municipalities of all sizes do to protect and improve their water resources.

Water Star believes municipalities who meet these challenges should be thanked and celebrated. Download the Water Star brochure (pdf) for more information.

Announcing: Summer Webinar Series
Sustainable Strategies
Webinars for Wisconsin's Municipal Professionals

Jointly planned and hosted with the Wisconsin Green Tier Legacy Communities Program and the Town and Country Resource Conservation and Development Inc.


Informative, interactive broadcasts for municipal staff, officials, consultants, state workers and
others interested in helping municipalities protect their natural resources in a sustainable way
3 programs scheduled for Noon-1pm on the third Thursday of July, Aug, Sept
- Free for public and nonprofit sector workers in Wisconsin
$25/program for private sector staff and nonstate residents, or $45/program for two or more sharing single login. Includes documentation of attendance for PDUs.
Sign up once for all three programs in each seasonal series. Only pay for the programs that fit your schedule and interests


Consultants, private sector professional and out-of-state participants register at the Wisconsin League of Municipalities.


Private Wisconsin citizens, local & state government employees and educators register directly at GoToWebinar.

Upcoming webinar

Archived webinar programs



Next Webinar: August 21
Deicing Methodologies and Products Comparative Study

Report: New Temperature-Based Cost Model Compares Deicer Effectiveness

With shrinking budgets, rising prices for winter maintenance materials and an interest in limiting environmental impacts, DPW’s are seeking tools that can help snowplow operators apply deicers and anti-icers in “the right amount at the right time in the right way.” Dr. Stephen Druschel will discuss the ice melt capacity and field performance factors of deicers and deicer blends, and review a temperature-based cost model for comparing up to 50 deicers and deicer blends.

Stephen J. Druschel, PhD, PE Associate Professor - Environmental Engineering Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering Minnesota State Mankato

Stephen is a civil engineer who emphasis is in environmental engineering. His research concerns contaminant removal for hazardous waste remediation, ecological restoration and urban construction. A former construction manager, designer, and forensic evaluator, he has also performed research in both geotechnical engineering and environmental microbiology. Dr. Druschel's professional practice has focused on achieving quality and performance for high-risk environmental construction projects. Dr. Druschel has worked on projects in over 40 states and he is licensed as a professional engineer in 10 states. In his most recent professional situation, Dr. Druschel was a division manager with staff management and bottom-line financial responsibilities at Nobis Engineering, Inc. of Lawrence, Massachusetts, supporting state, Federal and commercial contracts. Married for 24 years to his wife Margo, they have two children: Maggie, a sophomore at the University of Vermont, and Henry, a senior in high school.

Archived webinar presentations and recordings

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