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!
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!"
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.
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.