• Water Quality Testing

    Heather conducting water quality sampling on the Potato River at Upson Falls. This monthly water quality testing is done in through the Bad River Watershed Association monitoring program.
  • Loon Project

    Students checking our Loon nesting platform on one of our study lakes with the Mercer School students. May-July the students visit the study lakes monitoring the loons, water quality and other parameters used to measure lake health.
  • Rain Barrels

    MaryJo showcasing the 150 rain barrels distributed through a large scale rain barrel project back in 2011. The program was a partnership with UW-Extension, Ashland County LWCD and Iron County LWCD. Participants learned about the benefits of rain barrels and were able to purchase them at a discounted price.

Resources for...

  •  There are many programs offered through the LWCD to provide farmers with both technical and financial assistance to ensure soil and water quality.  Click here to learn more.


  •  If you have a cabin or home on a lake or river you can rely on the LWCD to provide you with tips to protect your investment.  From shoreland lighting to habitat restoration to erosion control give us a call to learn how you can be a good steward.  


  • The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department (LWCD) provides education on environmental issues and on conservation practices. Many of you teach various environmental concepts already in your class whether it’s an english, art, science or another class in your school. We would like to offer support through our new class programs that may compliment your curriculum.


  • There are many ways to get involved in protecting the many beautiful lakes and rivers of Iron County. Volunteer activities can range from kayaking or canoeing your favorite stretch of a local stream to monitor for invasive species or stopping to take some simple water quality samples while you are out on your evening pontoon ride.


Conservation On Tap for 2016!


Back by popular demand we bring you the Conservation on Tap line up for 2016.  From Monarchs to Bobcats, to Lake Superior’s Marine Sanctuary and more, you will be sure to find something that will peak your interest.  Bring your friends, family, neighbors and that guy off the street, and join us for fun filled evenings full of interesting conversations at The Pines Beer Garden located in Mercer.

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Native Grasses and Wildflower Pick up JUNE 3rd!

Don’t forget the Native Plant Sale’s Grass and Wildflower pickup is just around the corner!  June 3rd, 2016 come pick up your order and get your plants in the ground.  

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May 2016

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Other than the massive eruption of black flies last week, the lakes look good for loon nesting this year. We have 6 lakes, this year, with artificial nest platforms and hopefully the recent cold snap will knock down the fly populations. We have also noticed the loons in Iron County have started nest building and are possibly already on eggs. We will kept you posted. ... See MoreSee Less

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Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department shared Hurley School District's album. ... See MoreSee Less

On May 2nd Ms. O'krongly's eight grade Earth Science class is involved in a service learning project to increase nesting success of area loons. The students work closely with professionals Heather Palmquist and Zach Wilson of the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department. Students receive a training session on loon ecology and mercury/pH issues along with background on habitat needs. Students then selected lakes for platform placement and launched platforms in April. During the spring field trip, students collect data on watershed size and characteristics, dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, and water clarity. They learn to use field chemistry test kits, secchi disc, topographic maps and water surface inventory books. Data collected by using these various pieces of equipment is recorded on a “lake profile data sheet.” Loon presence and behavior will also be recorded. A brief survey of invertebrates is also conducted. Return trips to the lakes are conducted in May and July. Water chemistry tests are repeated at return visits. In addition, shoreline buffer and aquatic vegetation transects are completed. Loon presence, nesting status, chick production and chick survival are also recorded.

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