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: Fall 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 October, November, December
- 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: December 18

Land: The Base Resource on Which Community Prosperity is Built and Sustained

A “Curbside Chat” with Chuck Marohn From the Non-Profit Strong Towns

We take a step back to reflect on the fundamental way land use impacts the financial (and therefore

environmental) sustainability of our communities. Chuck Marohn from the nationally recognized nonprofit “Small Towns” will share his view on the full costs associated with growth and how to address

those costs via productive changes to our normal patterns of development. This approach ultimately

requires a reorientation of emphasis and a renewed understanding of what it takes to build a community including obtaining a higher return on existing infrastructure or, as Chuck puts it, making better use of that which we are already committed.


About the Curbside Chat:

The Curbside Chat program covers the causes and impacts of the current economic crisis, examines case studies on the finances of America's development pattern, reviews ideas of the suburban era we need to shed and proposes strategies for adjusting to the new realities we face.

Chuck Marohn PE, AICP

President and Co-Founder of the non-profit, Strong Towns

Chuck's background as an engineer and planner working as a consultant for dozens of cities and towns across Minnesota gives him an intimate understanding of how land use and infrastructure projects get designed, funded and built. This unique insight across traditional silos is what led him to start Strong Towns in the wake of the national financial crisis that left so many local governments reeling from the sudden halt in development. A nationally sought after speaker, Chuck has given over 200 presentations to public officials, staff professionals and local citizens in the last five years to help them find a new pathway forward.


Chuck is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1), and the upcoming book Money Hall due out in early 2015. He is also the primary author of the Strong Towns Blog and the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV.  He holds professional engineering and planning degrees from the University of Minnesota.  


Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters and two Samoyeds just north of Baxter, Minnesota.

Archived webinar presentations and recordings

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