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 Extension can work with you.
Diana habla inglés y español. Línea directa: 920/929-3178.
See Healthy Air, Healthy Us for more information on radon, local energy conservation and renewables, and air quality.
- 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 Resources (DNR) recommends […]
- 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 Niagara Escarpment. […]
- Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Cohort 4 is in progress with 8 EITs meeting in Milwaukee on Wednesday evenings and online Saturday mornings. Diana taught two classes recently about meaningful apologies, the power of a promise, and time management. In addition, 3 EIT alumni joined the group to share about their experiences and encourage them. People with criminal […]
- COVID-19 Update: In keeping with the spirit of “Safer at Home”, the Water and Environmental Analysis Lab has implemented a limited sample acceptance policy. As the situation with COVID-19 is continually evolving, we ask that you contact the lab prior to submitting a water sample. Contact by phone or email: 715-346-3209 | Water.and.Environmental.Analysis.Lab@uwsp.edu The UWSP campus […]
- Area Grants and Deadlines Before you apply check out this free class on grant writing: https://lo.library.wisc.edu/grants/ Brewers Community Foundation Not accepting grant applications at this time. Forward Community Investments 2021 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant Fund – Current round is closed. Fondy 100 Gives Applications must be received three weeks ahead […]
- ***BEFORE TAKING THESE STEPS, it is important to think about whether incorporating as a nonprofit is the best choice in your group’s situation. For example, there are times when working with another fiscal agent, collaborating with an existing organization, or remaining an informal group are better options. Extension staff can talk with you and work […]
- 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 (top 10 list of mistakes boards […]
- 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-profits […]
- 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 […]
- 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 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/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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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. […]
- 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 […]
- 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 waterfront property values are […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 design and delivery of natural resource outreach materials. The Fond du […]