We Are the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group

La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group. Pictured left to right; Nancy North, Matt Hanewall, Karl Green, Amy Smith, Kevin Schubert, Christina Peterson, Jake Schweitzer,

Cassie Hanan, Shawn Wetterlin, Marilyn Pedretti & Brian Hein (not pictured: Tina Erickson, Pete Mezera, Rolly Bogert & Angie Boettcher)

Here, as the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group, we work together to educate you—residents and small business owners—about runoff and how to fix it. We’re making progress as local governments, but we won’t succeed without people like you. The challenge is not only to protect water, but to make our towns better places to live. Let’s take it on!

Karl Green

Karl Green

Community Resource Educator
UW Extension-La Crosse County

When Karl was young, he wanted to be a doctor and then a college professor. In the end he became a geologist. When not fishing, hiking, running or reading he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. Asked about his favorite spot to explore in the area, he said it's a tie between hiking on the bluffs and fishing the river.

Karl's peeve related to water pollution is cigarettes. "People who generally don’t litter throw out cigarette butts like it’s no big deal."

Matt Hanewall

Matt Hanewall

Conservation Director
La Crosse County

Matt loves everything outdoors. When he is not paddling, cross country skiing or fishing with his family and 2 dogs, you might find him out mushroom hunting or bird hunting. Even after living in the area for 23 years, he is still amazed at the natural resource diversity within each coulee and water body. Matt loves to cheer for all Wisconsin sports teams, but especially the Badgers, where both of his kids attend college.

Matt’s pet peeve about water pollution is unneeded fertilizer applications in the shoreland buffer zone.

Jake Schweitzer

Jake Schweitzer

Urban Conservation Specialist
La Crosse County

Jake is an outdoorsman who loves exploring and enjoys bow hunting, upland hunting, waterfowl hunting, fishing local streams for trout, and fishing the Mississippi for panfish. Jake is married, has a german shorthair named Croix, and will always root for the Packers.

Jake's pet peeve about water pollution is the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone. "It inspires me in my job, to help reduce nutrients entering the water system."

Tina Erickson

Tina Erickson

Utilities Accounting & Customer Support Supervisor
City Of La Crosse

Tina moved to La Crosse from Monmouth, IL with her husband in 1998. They soon knew La Crosse would be a great place to raise a family, which now includes two active children. Tina began working with the La Crosse Utilities Office in 2010, where she is the accountant for the Water Utility, and oversees customer service and billing for the three La Crosse Utilities; including Water, Sewer and Stormwater. Working in the Utilities Office has exposed Tina to the multi-faceted world of stormwater, and the importance of educating our community on how simple actions can help curb stormwater pollution.

Tina's pet peeve about water pollution is people who throw trash and cigarette butts into streets.

Kevin Schubert

Kevin Schubert

Assistant City Engineer
City Of Onalaska

Kevin is an absolute family man. When not spending time with his wife, two daughters, or two dogs he enjoys cheering for the Badgers and Packers. When he was little he didn't have cool nicknames, but secretly wanted one. He also wanted a job where he could work outside. Now, as city engineer, he does just that.

Kevin's pet peeve about water pollution is simple: Littering.

Pete Mezera

Pete Mezera

Director of Public Works
Village Of Holmen

Pete is a private man who wants to remain a bit of an enigma.

Pete's pet peeve when it comes to pollution...lazy slobs that litter. "So much of that ends up in our water and is totally uncalled for."

Teresa DeLong

Teresa DeLong

Village Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer
Village Of West Salem

Teresa is originally from Sparta and moved to West Salem in 1992. She instantly fell in love with the area, especially Lake Neshonoc, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. If you want to be friends with Teresa get her a thriller, horror or mystery book. When her nose isn't in a book, you'll find her on a power walk or in Zumba class.

Teresa's peeve when it comes to water pollution is developers who think it’s OK to dump untreated water into our lakes and streams.

Marilyn Pedretti

Marilyn Pedretti

Town Clerk
Town Of Holland

Marilyn was born and raised in Holmen and has SEVEN siblings. To say grocery bills were high is an understatement. When she was little she wanted to be a farmer, and she now grows dozens of different vegetables on a two-acre garden. When not in the garden, you'll find her exploring McGilvray Seven Bridges Road in Holmen.

Marilyn's peeve when it comes to water pollution is people who think it's OK to ignore rules because they only did it one time. "It all adds up if everyone pollutes!"

Angie Boettcher

Angie Boettcher

Administrative Assistant
City of La Crescent

Angie has a degree in Community Health Education and loves hiking around La Crescent. She has been married to her outdoor enthusiast husband for 26 years, and even though Angie isn’t an avid fisherwoman, she will gladly ride along with him to enjoy the beauty of this area. Just give her a good book and some sunshine.

Angie’s pet peeve when it comes to water pollution is all of the trash that is carelessly discarded into the river and streams.

Cassandra Hanan

Cassandra Hanan

Clerk/Treasurer
Town of Campbell

Cassie grew up on French Island is thrilled to represent the community she grew up in. When she was little she wanted to do exactly what she is doing now, so she got her degree in Public Administration from UW-L and focused on helping her hometown community. Outside of work, Cassie enjoys taking her three boys to the French Island Spillway, biking on area trails and hiking the bluffs.

Cassie's pet peeve when it comes to water pollution is litter and lack of accountability.

Nancy North & Amy Smith

Nancy North & Amy Smith

NewGround, Inc.

Nancy has owned NewGround since 1992. She lives in Lanesboro, Minnesota in a house she built with her husband John. This house actually makes more energy than it uses. Amy joined NewGround a few years ago. She lives in Holmen with her husband and three kids. Her family spends a lot of time on the river. So much, that she organizes an annual River Cleanup event that’s pulled almost a million pounds of trash from our local waterways.

Amy's pet peeve when it comes to water pollution, is people's lack of compassion. "The little things go a long way, yet people still chose not to put the effort in."
Nancy's pet peeve when it comes to water pollution is having to swim in rivers that are polluted and filled with silt.