Community Development & Natural Resources

Diana Hammer is our Community Resource Development Educator.

We provide educational information and process support for productively making decisions in your local government, business, non-profit, or community group.

We research and respond to needs in the areas of entrepreneurship, workforce development and inclusion, energy use/sustainability/extreme weather events, outdoor air quality, local government, radon prevention, hazardous waste disposal, and well water quality.

Our work is guided by the priorities of local government officials, business leaders, and residents in Fond du Lac County. Please let us know how UW-Extension can work with you.

Diana habla inglés y español.  Línea directa: 920/929-3178.

Air Quality

See Healthy Air, Healthy Us for more information on radon, local energy conservation and renewables, and air quality.

  • Get Ozone Alerts By E-Mail July 1, 2016
    Warm temperatures had some people seeing orange.  That was the color of the federal Air Quality Index (AQI), meaning “unhealthy air for sensitive groups,” for 15 counties in Wisconsin. Higher temperatures mean higher ozone levels, which can harm the elderly, young children, and anyone with a respiratory or cardiac disease.  The Department of Natural Resource […]

Energy Use

  • Fond du Lac County Wind Energy August 29, 2018
    When asked about wind energy in Fond du Lac County and Wisconsin statewide, Sherrie Gruder, Sustainable Design Specialist and Energy Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, provided this interesting information: In total Wisconsin has 461 wind turbines that supply 746 MW of power. Our part of the state has an excellent wind resource given the Ni […]

Entrepreneurship

  • Start Your Food Business/Empezar Su Puesto de Comida/Pib koj lub chaw muag khoom zaub mov February 11, 2019
    Are you already dreaming about summer? Do you wish more people could taste your family’s delicious cooking? If so, join us on the second Tuesday of the month to start planning your temporary food stand or food truck business. Learn food safety rules, invaluable equipment recommendations, and tips from experienced owners on how to run […]

Local Government

  • Well Water Sampling Options October 3, 2018
    UW-Extension recommends that well owners sample their well at least once per year, at a different time of the year. You can test your water through the Fond du Lac County Health Department, the UW-Extension lab in Stevens Point, the State Lab of Hygiene or other private laboratories in the area. Below are descriptions of […]

Organizational Development

  • Non-Profit Boards March 4, 2015
    Educational Materials for Non-profit Boards Available as free PDF downloads from BoardSource Board Dynamics and Processes – FAQs Board Meetings – FAQs Board Leadership Board Action Calendar (legal documents that need to be filed and other recommended annual processes) Fiduciary Responsibilities of board members Board Orientation Common Board Shortcomings (to […]
  • Succession Planning for Non-profits April 16, 2014
    Intentionally preparing for the departure of executive directors, board members, and staff is a key way to maintain stability in organizations of any size. As high quality personnel and volunteers rotate through terms, quit, or retire, organizations with succession plans are able to maintain high levels of performance and continuity. In this workshop for non […]

Radon

  • RADON IS SPOOKY October 22, 2015
    Radon doesn’t rattle chains or say, “Boo!” But it is the leading cause of lung cancer among people who have never smoked. Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible radioactive gas which can be controlled in any home. The only way to know the radon level is to measure. Do it yourself or hire a professional. About […]
  • Radon-Resistant New Home Construction September 30, 2010
    Building a new home that includes a radon mitigation system is much simpler than adding a mitigation system after the house is already built. It is also inexpensive ($300-$600). Learn more about radon resistant construction. Radon for Builders and Contractors (EPA) What are the risks of radon? For more information, contact Diana at UW-Extension (920.929.3173 […]
  • Radon Testing at Home September 30, 2010
    Radon is a radioactive gas found in homes in every part of Fond du Lac County. Testing for it is inexpensive, and mitigating is straight-forward.

Waste & Recycling

  • City of Fond du Lac Computer/Electronics Recycling Event April 16, 2018
    CITY OF FOND DU LAC COMPUTER/ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT (INDOORS) 1 DAY ONLY – CITY RESIDENTS ONLY SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST, 2018 9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM Location: INSIDE THE CITY MUNICIPAL SERVICE CENTER GARAGE 530 Doty Street, Fond du Lac, WI RECYCLING FEES All TV’s (any size or type) $20.00 / CRT Monitors $10.00 CASH ONLY […]
  • Fond du Lac County Clean Sweep February 20, 2018
    On April 28, 2018, the Fond du Lac County Land and Water Conservation Department  will hold a clean sweep at the highway department from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Household and agricultural chemicals can be brought for proper disposal. Old, expired, and potentially hazardous chemicals are accepted. Workers in protective clothing will remove the items […]

Water Quality

  • Testing your Well Water March 13, 2019
    Using a groundwater model (which looks like an ant farm) is a great way to see how water moves through the system of surface water, bedrock, and into drinking water wells. See a time-elapse video of what can happen in 20 seconds! If you haven’t tested your water recently, it’s time! See where to get bottles […]
  • County Well Water Overview January 17, 2019
    On January 9th, Diana gave a presentation (PDF, 3MB) to the Fond du Lac County UW-Extension, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee about well water. It includes: results of recent sampling programs in the Towns of Empire & Friendship, where to find other well water data using the WI Well Water Quality Viewer, past actions to learn […]
  • Town of Empire residents learn about their Water Quality December 3, 2018
    Joe and Jeff are neighbors with a shared well who tested it in the UW-Extension program offered this month in the Town of Empire. They attended the educational program along with 60  other residents to learn the results and ask questions of Dr. Paul McGinley, acting director of the Center for Watershed Science and Education at UW-Stevens Point. […]

Winnebago Waterways

  • Dip Into Lakes Videos June 22, 2015
    Videos from the Dip Into Lakes seminar series are now available online at the links below or on DVD. A DVD can be purchased for $5 (cash or check) by contacting the UW-Extension. Getting to Know Lakes by Chad Cook, UW-Extension Natural Resources Educator Winnebago Natural History by Art Techlow, WDNR Winnebago System Fisheries Biologist […]
  • Waterfront property values, healthy fish, and lot improvements August 8, 2013
    When we develop waterfront lots, trees, and native plants are replaced by impervious (hard) surfaces. Driveways, rooftops, and other hard surfaces decrease the ability of the shoreland area to serve its natural functions. A variety of educational materials including brochures, posters, and a video about how impervious surfaces affect fish, wildlife and water […]
  • Winnebago Waterways Update July 1, 2013
    Thank you to all area residents and users of the Lake Winnebago System who “weighed in” this spring on what they thought the most important issues of the system are and what actions are most important to take immediately to improve and protect the lakes.  All responses and discussions have been compiled, and the final […]
  • Natural Resources: Weigh in on the Winnebago Waterways February 28, 2013
    Do you fish, swim, or boat on the Winnebago waterways?  Do you own a business near a shoreline or live near one?  The Department of Natural Resources is gathering feedback in a special project through April of 2013.  Have your say online and at public meetings.  You may also sign up for occasional updates via […]
  • Natural Resources Expertise Available July 19, 2012
    The University of Wisconsin-Extension, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other agencies and organizations, supports a Regional Natural Resources Program.  This program includes a network of educators located throughout Wisconsin, with expertise in water resources, forestry, citizen engagement, process facilitation, and des […]

Workplace Inclusion

  • Celebrating the Hmong New Year December 31, 2018
    In December, the local Hmong community celebrated the New Year. Historically, this festival was timed in Asia to celebrate the rice harvest and all the hard work that went into it. After meeting with Diana earlier this year, the elected community leader invited our office to have a booth at the special event. Teaching the […]
  • #BeThe1To Save a Life October 10, 2018
    CSI & YScreen promote suicide prevention awareness to address suicide in Fond du Lac County Imagine someone you know, a family member, friend, student or coworker, telling you they wanted to end their life. What would you do, what would you say? Your first response most likely would be one of anxiety and fear. Most […]


Click Below to Share