Why become a Water Star community?

First, to be publicly recognized for your good work through designation ceremonies and local and state-wide media releases.

Second, to promote your community as a responsible unit of government and a good place for people to live and businesses to locate and thrive.

Who can become a Water Star community?

Water Star is designed for all types of municipalities including cities, villages, counties and towns. We recognize that larger villages, cities and towns may have an easier time meeting the requirements to be designated a Water Star. The Water Star Steering Committee is interested in working with smaller and more rural municipalities to make this program work well for them.

Important Announcement - Water Star Program Currently Suspended


The Wisconsin Water Star Program has been suspended indefinitely while the UW-Extension Natural Resources Education program evaluates their program priorities following recent cuts to the University of Wisconsin System.

Since it went live in 2010, WWS has provided municipalities and counties with a free, comprehensive environmental assessment tool designed to help them manage their local water resources. Municipalities that are interested in self-assessing their natural resource protection efforts are encouraged to check out a new web based environmental assessment tool developed by Michigan State University’s Institute for Water Research called Eco-Score which is part of the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network. 

Contact the UW-Extension NRE program with questions.

Announcing: 2015 Webinar Series
Sustainable Strategies
Webinars for Wisconsin's Municipal Professionals

Jointly planned and hosted with the Wisconsin Green Tier Legacy Communities Program and the Town and Country Resource Conservation and Development Inc.


Informative, interactive broadcasts for municipal staff, officials, consultants, state workers and
others interested in helping municipalities protect their natural resources in a sustainable way.
11 programs scheduled from Noon-1pm on the third Thursday of each month beginning 02/19.
- No cost to attend.
Record of attendance available upon request for PDUs and CEUs.
Sign up once then only attend the programs that fit your schedule and interests.

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2482752595428398850|

Program Schedule (PDF 2MB)

Archived webinar programs


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