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: September 18
Municipal Stormwater Management in a Changing Climate - Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

Case Study: La Crosse Wisconsin

Change in recent and projected frequency and intensity of rainfall is creating challenges for Wisconsin's urban stormwater managers. From combined sewer overflows to flash flooding, communities are seeing increased risk from extreme weather. In this webinar you will learn about what Wisconsin communities are and can be doing to minimize these impacts. Topics include anticipating extreme storm impacts on flooding and sanitary sewer overflows, and using green infrastructure as a stormwater adaptation strategy. A case study from La Crosse will show how one Wisconsin community has reduced flooding of streets and private property by installing green infrastructure in-lieu of upsizing pipes.

David Liebl, UW-Extension Stormwater Specialist
David Co-Chairs the Stormwater working group of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), and has spoken to audiences across the state about climate impacts and adaptation. His extension programming includes municipal stormwater management and green infrastructure.

Bernard Lenz, Assistant City Engineer, City of La Crosse

Bernie’s career has paralleled the trends and changes in how storm water is handled in Wisconsin. He has a BS in Geological Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering; focusing on groundwater/surface water interaction in his studies. He began his career as a hydrologist with the USGS, later working as a consultant in a municipal engineering firm, developing Storm Water Management Plans. For the past 5 years he has worked for the City of La Crosse helping implement their Green Complete Streets Ordinance thru the design and implementation of Green Infrastructure. His passion for outdoors pursuits fuels his desire to protect what he loves.

Jennifer Olson, Water Resource Scientist, Tetra Tech

Jennifer has 16 years of experience in watershed and water quality planning and management. She obtained her MS in Water Resource Science from the University of Minnesota. She has extensive experience developing water quality and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies and has worked closely with stakeholders and municipalities to develop successful implementation programs. She also has background in stormwater management and green infrastructure practices including best management practice optimization modeling to determine cost-effective solutions to water quality and flooding problems. Ms. Olson also has experience with surface and groundwater interactions, designing and implementing comprehensive monitoring programs, implementation of regulatory programs, private sector coordination, meeting facilitation, and public education and outreach.


Archived webinar presentations and recordings

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