Watershed Management



We want to help you help us improve Fox Lake

We would like to provide financial incentives for your farm to incorporate cropping practices that are known to improve soil health and reduce nutrient losses from cropland. The sources of nutrients delivered to Fox Lake come from our homes, lawns, farmsteads, fields and natural areas. In short, everything touching water flowing into the lake is a potential nutrient source. We understand that we are all in this together and want support solutions to the problems.  In this light we would like to work with you to implement a suite of practices that improve soil health and reduce nutrient losses from cropland within watersheds contributing to Fox Lake.

This program is simple. If you plant cover crops within the Fox Lake or Alto Creek watersheds (primary areas) we will make a base payment of $15/acre. If the fields are within the Key areas the payment increases to $30/acre. If you plant a cover crop you then qualify for additional enhancement payments as follows:

  • No Till or Strip Till planting:+ $10/acre
  • Planting Green:+ $5/acre
  • Show a current NMP+ $5/acre
  • First Time Participants:+ $5/acre

You must plant the cover crop to qualify for any of the enhancement payments. The total payment per acre can be up to $55/acre in the Key areas and up to $40/acre in other areas of the watersheds. We will gladly accept acres that are enrolled in other programs providing financial incentives for similar practices. Example - Dodge County Farmers Cover Crop Incentive Program.

Payments will be made after the cover crop is established and receipts or record of implementation is provided. We will target payments around July 1st 2020, December 31st 2020 and June 1st, 2021 to accommodate the variations in your cropping plans. Money is available on a first come, first served basis. We may limit individual farm acres to facilitate wider participation.

Your success is critical in making this project successful. We have retained the services of an independent crop consultant to assist you in addressing your questions and agronomic concerns. Please reach out to Bill Stangel with Soil Solutions Consulting LLC at 608-575-8056 or Dale Macheel (farmer) 920.210.4863 with questions.

To sign up, call:
Fox Lake Inland District
(920) 928-2772

We look forward working together to improve our soil and water.






The Fox Lake watershed is approximately 35,600 acres in size, draining areas of Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Columbia Counties. The watershed is comprised of rolling hills and plains interspersed with wetlands. 70% of the watershed is in agricultural land use. The geology of the area consists of bedrock of sandstone and dolomite formations overlain by glacial deposits of clay silt, sand, and gravel. The major soil types are silty loams on the uplands and muck soils adjacent to stream courses and along the march areas of Fox Lake.

One concern of our watershed is the spreading of manure within our watershed. Spreading manure across producers' fields is a necessary process and does require prudence
Click here to learn more about manure spreading.

The FLILPARD's Drew Creek Report is currently our most major watershed and lake quality initiative.

Our Fox Lake watershed's primary contact is the Dodge County's Land and Water Conservation.

John Bohonek
County Conservationist Dodge County
Land and Water Conservation Department
127 E Oak St, Juneau, WI 53039
Phone: (920) 386-3660  Email: landcons@co.dodge.wi.us

The Mission Statement of the Land and Water Conservation is:
Working together to provide education, information and technical assistance
to residents and units of government in Dodge County to protect, restore 
and sustain our soil and water resources.

Last year, the Land and Water Conservation organized the Healthy Soil, Healthy Water workshop that featured well-known Certified Professional Soil Scientist, Ray Archuleta. Ray has over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
This Ray Archuleta video is very informative