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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Climate Initiatives

The Land & Water Resources Department coordinates with the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change and other county departments to implement science-based strategies identified in the Dane County Climate Action Plan. The plan and other initiatives work towards the creation of a climate-resilient and zero-carbon world through the following goals:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 - Press Release
  • address climate change impacts

Learn more about more our initiatives, projects, and programs to achieve these goals in the links below. Some projects might accomplish multiple goals and be listed on more than one webpage. 

Donald County Park prairie
Ecological Restoration

Improve the landscape's ability to manage increased rainfall and store greenhouse gases. 

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Emission Reduction

Increase energy from solar and natural gas and reduced reliance on fossil fuel.

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Flooding in Madison Area 2018
Flood Resilience

Improve response to more frequent and intense downpours which can lead to flooding.

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Harvestable Buffers
Sustainable Agriculture

Improve agricultural resilience to climate change and store greenhouse gases.

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Tracking Progress on Benefits

Tracking Progress on Benefits

Improvements to natural resources provide ecosystem services or benefits to the environment and people. Our Ecosystem Services Initiative tracks benefits our projects have on the health of local watersheds. These benefits overlap with climate goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve flood resilience.