The engineers and engineering specialists of the Conservation Engineering Unit provide technical support to county land conservation departments (LCDs) and other conservation groups to design and install best management practices in Wisconsin. Additionally, the Unit provides technical support for the livestock siting rules and the agricultural drainage districts. The county LCD staff technicians are the primary providers of planning, design, and construction oversight for state and local conservation efforts. To support this work, LCDs need timely engineering assistance in the form of training, plan review, development and maintenance of best management practice standards, development of computer design aids and standard designs, and certification accreditation.
The Conservation Engineering Unit consists of eight engineers and engineering specialists located in five area offices around the state. Three engineering staff located in Madison provide supervision and support. Click here for a map showing office locations and coverage areas. Contact information for each office is listed below.
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DATCP Conservation Engineering Section Staff
Todd Boehne, Unit Leader
Steve Struss, Livestock Siting
Seth McClure, Drainage Districts
PO Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911
610 3rd Avenue S, Suite A
Parks Falls, WI 54552
Pete Wurzer / Patrick Schultz
1304 N Hillcrest Parkway Suite A
Altoona, WI 54720
Phone: 715-832-6547 x102 / x110
Mobile: 715-577-7688 / -0499
Drew Zelle / Matt Woodrow
3369 Brewster St
Appleton, WI 54914-1602
Phone: 920-832-2117 / -2116
Mobile: 920-948-3521 / 427-8505
Ralph Hemling / Dave Russell
26136 Executive Lane, Suite B
Richland Center, WI 53581
Phone: 608-647-6931 / 608-647-4353
451 W North St
Juneau, WI 53039-1120