Performance Based Conservation

Sand County Foundation’s Performance-Based Conservation program demonstrates how to bridge urban and rural communities within a shared watershed.

With assistance from Fund for Lake Michigan, Sand County Foundation piloted a novel Performance-Based Conservation (PBC) approach with the Village of Grafton in the Milwaukee River watershed.

Its objective is to incentivize farmers to adopt conservation practices that help reduce the amount of phosphorus reaching a municipal wastewater facility.

This successful watershed approach is critical to achieving Grafton’s 15-year adaptive management goal of over 62,000 pounds of phosphorus reduction to local waterways.


In the news:

Fund for Lake Michigan Backs Phosphorus Reduction Efforts in Grafton

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This guidance document for Wisconsin municipalities incorporates lessons learned during our pilot project with the Village of Grafton. The process described focuses on building trust between stakeholders to achieve the goals and objects of an entire watershed community. To view the document CLICK HERE.

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