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: October 16
Stormwater Best Management Practice Monitoring and Maintenance

Case Study: Waukesha County Web Based BMP Tracking Program

Eventually, like death and taxes, Stormwater BMPs require maintenance. Projects that don’t factor in long term care may cause structural, legal and financial problems down the road. This webinar is aimed at avoiding these potential complications and associated headaches. Perry Lindquist from Waukesha County will overview the critical steps involved to minimize maintenance hassles including site planning, ensuring proper construction, and recording maintenance agreements and easements during land divisions. He will review examples of BMP inspections, upkeep, and discuss the institutional challenges of enforcement, especially if deed restrictions were not recorded. He’ll also describe the web based tracking system used by Waukesha County.

Perry Lindquist - Land Resources Manager, Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use

For the past 15 years Perry has served as Manager of the Waukesha County Land Resources Division, which administers county storm water management, recycling, and land conservation programs. He has a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point in Watershed Management, Land Use Planning and Soil Science.  Prior to Waukesha County, he served 16 years as head of the Land Conservation Dept. for Washington County.  Perry authored the storm water ordinances and led enforcement efforts in both counties.  In 2010, he also authored a model Storm Water BMP Maintenance ordinance and has presented on the topic in a number of regional and statewide storm water workshops.

Archived webinar presentations and recordings

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2012 2014


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